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Catch the Rocco Weekly Review to Complete Your Preparation for Liberty's Game against VMI on Saturday

November 9, 2007
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Catch the Rocco Weekly Review to Complete Your Preparation for Liberty's Game against VMI on Saturday

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LibertyFlames.com had a chance to speak with head coach Danny Rocco just after the conclusion of Thursday's practice at William Stadium, the team's final tune-up before taking on VMI, this Saturday.

Saturday's game accounts for the fifth-straight year Liberty and VMI have met on the gridiron and the sixth time in the 35-year history of Liberty's football program. Liberty has won three out of the previous four match ups, including last year when the Flames capped off their nationally renowned turnaround with a 32-28 victory in Lexington, tying the overall series at 3-3.

Be sure to check back each Friday to hear the Rocco Weekly Review to get your last-minute update on the Flames before they take to the field on Saturday.

Keeping up with the Keydets
VMI will cap off its fifth year of competition in the Big South with today's game against the Flames. The Keydets almost snapped a two-year conference winning drought in their last two match-ups. Coastal Carolina needed a late touchdown in the fourth to pull out a victory, followed by 21-unanswered points from Charleston Southern to salvage a win.

Saturday's match-up will not only pit the top two rushing offenses in the conference against each other, but a pair of Top 20 running attacks nationally. Liberty ranks No. 17 in the country, averaging 213.89 rushing yards per game. VMI leads the league and ranks No. 4 nationally by averaging 288.78 rushing yards per contest.

Howard Abegesah leads the Keydets, having rushed for 957 yards and three touchdowns, followed by a trio of players who have rushed for more than 300 yards this year.

Defensively, VMI is paced by Patrick McKinney, who has recorded 62 tackles, including 5.0 tackles for a loss. Tommy Lloyd leads the squad and is tied for No. 14 in the country by averaging 1.56 tackles for loss.