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December 19, 2007
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Stephen Sene was one of three first-team VaSID all-state honorees for the Flames.

Stephen Sene was one of three first-team VaSID all-state honorees for the Flames.

Over a month removed from a historic season, records continue to tumble for the Flames football program, as a school-record eight players were named to the VaSID All-State football team. The VaSID all-state football team was selected by the voting members of the Virginia Sports Information Directors Association (VaSID).

Liberty, fresh off an 8-3 season which saw the Flames capture their first-ever Big South title, placed the second most players on the all-state squad. ACC champion Virginia Tech led all Commonwealth programs with 13 all-state selections, with Liberty ranking second, aided by three first-team and five second-team all-state honorees.

The Flames previous record for all-state selections came following the 1984 campaign, when Liberty placed six players on the squad, all first-team honorees. In 2006, Liberty had five total players named to the all-state squad, including first-team return specialist Wynton Jackson.

Liberty's set of first-team honorees all came on the offensive side of the football. Running back Rashad Jennings, who rushed for 1,113 yards and 15 touchdowns, was joined by offensive guard Stephen Sene and offensive tackle Marshal Ausberry as first-team honorees.

Sene, who was a second-team all-state selection last year, and Ausberry were part of an offensive line which helped the Flames rush for 2,375 yards, the second-best mark in program history. As an offensive unit, Liberty shattered its school record for points scored in a season, 469 (previous record was 356 in 1997).

Offensive guard Eddie Pinigis was the lone offensive player among Liberty's second-team all-state honorees. A trio of Flames' defenders followed Pinigis as second-team selections, led by two of Liberty's four starting linebackers in Stevie Ray Lloyd and Vince Redd.

Lloyd led all Liberty defensive players with a career-high 95 tackles, to go along with five pass break-ups and an interception. Redd paced the Flames with 13.5 tackles for a loss, including a team-best 6.5 sacks, to go along with 63 tackles and 14 quarterback hurries.

The final Liberty defender to garner second-team honors was cornerback Patrick Calvary, who had 33 tackles and led the team with four interceptions for 100 total interception return yards.

Rounding out Liberty's final second-team honorees was placekicker Noah Greenbaum. The transfer from Virginia set new program and Big South Conference standards in points scored by a kicker (101).

The Richmond Spiders, who advanced to the semifinal of the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision playoffs, dominated the major VaSID awards. Richmond head coach Dave Clawson was named VaSID Coach of the Year.

The Spiders' running back Tim Hightower was named VaSID Offensive Player of the Year and redshirt wide receiver Kevin Grayson was tabbed VaSID Rookie of the Year.

Virginia's defensive end Chris Long, a consensus All-American and winner of the Ted Hendricks Award given to the nation's top defensive end, was named VaSID Defensive Player of the Year.

VaSID 2007 DIVISION I ALL-STATE FOOTBALL TEAMS

First-Team Offense
Position Name School Year
Quarterback Rodney Landers James Madison Junior
Running Back Tim Hightower Richmond Senior
Running Back Rashad Jennings Liberty Junior
Wide Receiver Jeremy Gilchrist Hampton Junior
Wide Receiver Kevin Grayson Richmond r-Freshman
Tight End Tom Santi Virginia Senior
Center Scott Lemn James Madison Junior
Guard Branden Albert Virginia Junior 
Guard Marshall Ausberry Liberty Senior
Tackle Stephen Sene Liberty Senior 
Tackle Duane Brown Virginia Tech Senior

Second-Team Offense
Position Name School Year
Quarterback Sean Glennon Virginia Tech Junior
Running Back Daryl Jones Norfolk State Senior
Running Back Branden Ore Virginia Tech Junior
Wide Receiver Elliott Mack William & Mary Junior
Wide Receiver Josh Morgan Virginia Tech Senior
Tight End Drew Atchison William & Mary Senior
Center Jordy Lipsey Virginia Senior 
Guard Sergio Render Virginia Tech Senior 
Guard Terrence Apted James Madison Junior
Tackle Eddie Pinigis Liberty Senior
Tackle Eugene Monroe Virginia Junior

First-Team Defense
Position Name School Year
Line Chris Ellis Virginia Tech Senior
Line Kendall Langford Hampton Senior
Line Chris Long Virginia Senior
Line Lawrence Sidbury Richmond Junior
Linebacker Xavier Adibi Virginia Tech Senior
Linebacker Marquez Davis Norfolk State Senior
Linebacker Eric McBride Richmond r-Freshman
Back Brandon Flowers Virginia Tech Junior
Back Victor "Macho" Harris Virginia Tech Junior
Back Tony LeZotte James Madison Senior
Back Terrell Whitehead Norfolk State Sophomore

Second-Team Defense
Position Name School Year
Line John Baranowsky James Madison Senior
Line Barry Booker Virginia Tech Senior
Line Jeffrey Fitzgerald Virginia Sophomore
Line Tommy Lloyd Virginia Military Institute Senior
Linebacker Vince Hall Virginia Tech Senior
Linebacker Stevie Ray Lloyd Liberty Senior
Linebacker Vince Redd Liberty Senior
Back Patrick Calvary Liberty Junior
Back Derek Cox William & Mary Junior
Back Marcus Haywood James Madison Junior
Back Stephen Howell Richmond Senior

First-Team Specialists
Position Name School Year
Placekicker Jud Dunlevy Virginia Tech Senior
Punter Ryan Weigand Virginia Senior
Return Specialist Jeremy Gilchrist Hampton Junior

Second-Team Specialists
Position Name School Year
Placekicker Noah Greenbaum Liberty Senior
Punter Jahmal Blanchard Hampton Sophomore
Return Specialist Eddie Royal Virginia Tech Senior

Offensive Player Of The Year: Tim Hightower, Senior, Running Back (Richmond)
Defensive Player Of The Year: Chris Long, Senior, Defensive End (Virginia)
Coach Of The Year: Dave Clawson (Richmond)
Rookie Of The Year: Kevin Grayson, r-Freshman, Wide Receiver (Richmond)