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Taking a Quick Glance at the Wide Receivers
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For the second-straight season, LibertyFlames.com's Countdown to Kickoff coverage will feature the Coach's Corner, an in-depth position-by-position breakdown for each of the Flames' player units.
The coaching vignettes will include an article on the position, that position's preseason depth chart and an audio interview with the spotlighted unit's position coach. The 10-part series continues today with a look into Liberty's wide receiver position, a group which lost two key seniors to graduation last year.
Pairs seem to be Liberty's strong suit of late, with the Flames losing two of the more productive receivers in recent program history to graduation last year.
Wynton Jackson (1,923 career yards and 12 TDs) and Brandon Turner (1,886 career yards and eight TDs) consistently gave quarterback Brock Smith targets to help hone his skills.
Looking to pick up the mantle left by the duo is rising senior Dominic Bolden. Bolden ranked third on last year's squad with a breakout year, as he caught 24 passes for 415 yards and tied Jackson for team-high honors with six touchdowns.
"Despite the fact that we had some significant losses with Brandon Turner and Wynton Jackson following graduation, Dominic Bolden is an explosive player with a good bit of experience," stated head coach Danny Rocco. "He is coming off a great spring, and we are really excited about his speed and his big-play capability."
A player who came on late last year and solidified his spot in the starting line-up during spring workouts is Jonathan Crawford. The former walk-on caught 11 passes for 134 yards in 2007, but his play during the spring left such an indelible impression on the coaching staff, he was named the offensive recipient of the Samkon Gado Award for most improved player.
"The guy who really came on this past year was Jonathan Crawford," added Rocco. "Jonathan played as a back-up last year and kind of started to show signs of being a legitimate player and a potential go-to guy. In the spring, he certainly solidified his status on our football team. We are excited to see what Dominic and Jonathan can do at the wide receiver position this year."
Liberty's No. 3 wide receiver is Matt Lambos, who has gained valuable playing experience by seeing the field in 22-straight games. "Matt is another receiver who is big, tall and fast," remarked Rocco. "He has the size and ability to block and can give us some good play in the perimeter."
Danny Broggin and Chris Summers give the Flames' coaching staff much excitement about the future of the position.
"Some of the younger guys we are very excited about," continued Rocco. "Danny Broggin has really come on, as we will look at him at both wide receiver and running back. Chris Summers is a big and tall wide receiver who redshirted for us last year. He has an awful lot of upside and potential for us."
Wide Receivers at a Glance
WR - Dominic Bolden - Sr., 5-10, 180
WR - Jonathan Crawford - R-Sr., 6-0, 215
Danny Broggin - R-So., 6-0, 190
Matt Lambros - Sr., 6-3, 210
Eugene Rogers - Sr., 6-0, 180
Chris Summers - R-Fr., 6-4, 190
Mark Blakeney - R-Fr., 6-2, 200
Britt Campbell - Fr., 6-1, 190
Steven Crawford - Fr., 6-2, 190
Jimmy Eden - Fr., 5-10, 175
B.J. Hayes - R-Fr., 5-9, 185
Aaron Hewlett - R-Jr., 5-7, 165
Stetson Tchividjian - R-Jr., 5-11, 185
To catch previous installments of the Coach's Corner or to take a look at future position segments, below is a complete Coach's Corner training camp schedule:
Links to Previous Installments
Coach's Corner Preview (Aug. 1)
Coach's Corner No. 1 – Defensive Backs (Aug. 2)
Coach's Corner No. 2 – Offensive Line (Aug. 5)
Coach's Corner No. 3 – Tight Ends and Fullbacks (Aug. 6)
Coach's Corner No. 4 – Linebackers (Aug. 10)
Schedule of Future Features
Coach's Corner No. 6 – Defensive Line (Aug. 18)
Coach's Corner No. 7 – Special Teams (Aug. 20)
Coach's Corner No. 8 – Defensive Coordinator (Aug. 23)
Coach's Corner No. 9 – Running Backs (Aug. 24)
Coach's Corner No. 10 – Quarterbacks (Aug. 26)
Countdown to Kickoff coverage will return tomorrow with two reports from Williams Stadium. During the day, LibertyFlames.com will bring you its second installment of the mid-camp record card, where Rocco will provide some insight into the progress of his defensive players.
Later in the evening, LibertyFlames.com will bring you photos from the Chancellor's Cookout at Williams Stadium. Liberty University Chancellor and President Jerry Falwell, Jr., is hosting a cookout for all new students, Thursday evening, prior to Liberty's evening football practice.
Falwell is scheduled to address the newest members of the student body, along with Liberty University Athletics Director Jeff Barber and Rocco. Also, members of the Athletics Department are going to speak to the student body, explaining Liberty's game day traditions during home football games to better educate the Flames' newest fans.