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Eight Flames Garner All-America Honors

January 7, 2008
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Dan Pope (#42) was named to the College Sporting News 2007 Fabulous FCS All-America first team as a long snapper.

Dan Pope (#42) was named to the College Sporting News 2007 Fabulous FCS All-America first team as a long snapper.

Seven Flames have received honorable-mention selections to the Sports Network All-America team, while long snapper Dan Pope was named to the 2007 Fabulous FCS All-America squad.

Liberty had three offensive players named to the Sports Network All-America honorable-mention team, to go along with two defensive players and a pair of return specials.

Offensively, running back Rashad Jennings was an honorable-mention selection, followed by Eddie Pinigis (OT) and Marshal Ausberry (OG). On the defensive side of the ball, linebacker Vince Redd and cornerback Patrick Calvary were both named to the honorable-mention team, followed by Dominic Bolden (KOR) and Wynton Jackson (PR) as honorable-mention return specialists.

Liberty's seven players honored on the various Sports Network All-America teams nearly equals the combined total of the remaining Big South Conference players selected to the national team.

Coastal Carolina and Gardner-Webb each had three honorees, including Mike Tolbert (FB) and Gardner-Webb's Brian Johnston (DE) as second-team selections. Charleston Southern and VMI each had one honorable-mention player.

Pope was the lone Flame to be named to the College Sporting News 2007 Fabulous FCS All-America team, earning first-team honors as a long snapper.

Pope, a Big South first-team all-conference honoree, helped kicker Noah Greenbaum set a program and Big South record with 101 points scored, while connecting on 15 field goals, which is the second-best mark in conference history. Pope also helped punter Zac Kolegue become the first Liberty punter in 12 years to post a punt average above 40 yards (40.9).

Sports Network All-America Team:
RB – Rashad Jennings (honorable mention)
OT – Eddie Pinigis (honorable mention)
OG – Marshal Ausberry (honorable mention)
LB – Vince Redd (honorable mention)
CB – Patrick Calvary (honorable mention)
KOR – Dominic Bolden (honorable mention)
PR – Wynton Jackson (honorable mention)
Click here to view the full All-America team.

College Sporting News Fabulous FCS All-America Team:
LS – Dan Pope (long snapper)
Click here to view the full All-America team.