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August 15, 2008
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During this week's Behind the Number segment, we get up close and personal with (from left to right) Dominic Bolden, Bryan Mosier, Patrick Bannon and Greg Schuster.

During this week's Behind the Number segment, we get up close and personal with (from left to right) Dominic Bolden, Bryan Mosier, Patrick Bannon and Greg Schuster.

Countdown to Kickoff Central

Have you ever sat up in the stands at Williams Stadium and wondered what No. 13's favorite movie is or what songs No. 34 listens to on his iPod prior to kickoff earlier in the day?

Well, LibertyFlames.com is here to give fans a further glimpse into the players behind the numbered jerseys in this season-long campaign where the web site gives you a look at the players within the program.

The Behind the Numbers with the Flames segment will run weekly throughout the year, giving Flames fans further insight into their favorite players off the gridiron. Each Friday, the web site will feature the answers from players, as they were asked to ponder life's more "difficult" questions upon returning to training camp this fall.

Today, LibertyFlames.com will reveal its player questionnaire responses from wide receiver Dominic Bolden, offensive lineman Bryan Mosier, linebacker Patrick Bannon and defensive lineman Greg Schuster.

Dominic Bolden – DB
Bryan Mosier – BM
Patrick Bannon – PB
Greg Schuster - GS

1. What is your favorite Bible verse and why?
BM – Philippians 3:14, because it gets me through the tough times and I'm always able to look forward.
PB – Philippians 3:14.

2. What is your favorite movie and why?
DB – Above the Rim, because growing up I loved to play basketball.
BM – Elf, because it is just funny.
PB – 300.
GS – Step Brothers, because of the combination of John C. Reilly and Will Ferrell.

3. What is your favorite memory while competing in your sport?
DB – Running back kickoff returns.
BM – Winning the Big South championship last year.
PB – When our team went to the state championship game my senior year of high school and lost by one point.
GS – Winning the state championship, twice.

4. What is your most embarrassing memory while competing in your sport?
DB – Dropping the football.
PB – My voice cracking in the middle of the huddle.
GS – Getting blind-sided and falling to the ground.

5. I came to Liberty because …
BM – they asked me to come.
PB – to pursue football and because of Liberty's good environment.
GS – the great football program and the great weight room.

6. Share something that people don't know about you or makes you unique from others.
DB – I am a military kid and I've lived in Texas, California, Florida and Germany.
GS – I have an odd-shaped pinky toe.

7. What has been your defining moment as an athlete?
DB – Scoring my first collegiate touchdown against Norfolk State.
BM – Getting a scholarship.
PB – Committing to Liberty to play football and playing as a true freshman.
GS – Persevering through adversity.

8. My first car was …
DB – a Ford Thunderbird.
BM – a Chevy Beretta, which was so small!
PB – a 1999 Jeep Wrangler.
GS – an Infiniti QX56.

9. If you could be somebody else for a day, who would you be and why?
DB – Devin Hester, because I'm fast, but I'd love to be able to run faster.
BM – Danny Rocco, because I want to know what he is always thinking about.
PB – A teacher, so I could see how much easier it is than to be a student.
GS – Jimmy Eden, because I think it would be cool catching a bird with your bare hands.

10. Who is your favorite Liberty athlete?
BM – I like to watch Josh Weaver run, because his belly brings all the boys to the yard.
PB – Sam Gado.
GS – Sam Gado, because I'm a Packers fan.

11. What is the best advice you have ever been given?
DB – Let no one stand in the way of what you want to achieve.
BM – Never quit … if you lose and learn from it, then it's not truly a loss.
PB – Everything happens for a reason.
GS – Keep your ego in check.

12. If you could change one rule in your sport, what would it be and why?
DB – Change the rules so that the ball can only come to me.
BM – No holding.
PB – No cut blocks.
GS – Harsher punishment for offensive linemen who hold.

13. After graduation I would like to …
DB – pursue a professional football career.
BM – become a police officer.
PB – play professional football.
GS – get a job at a high school as a teacher.

14. When I have an hour of free time, I like to …
DB – chill out with my "dawgs" Terry Williams, Chris Summers and Mike Brown.
BM – paint or draw.
PB – sleep and eat.
GS – relax and get a nap.

15. Words that describe me on the athletic field (and why) are …
DB – "go-getter", because my plan is always to go get the ball.
BM – tough and hard-working (scrappy).
PB – unrelenting.
GS – a hard worker, because I won't give up.

16. If you could compete in any sport against any athlete, who would it be and why?
DB – Run the 100-meter dash against Tyson Gay, as I think I might have a chance to get him.
BM – Baseball with Michael Jordan. I know that I could beat him in baseball.
PB – My dad when he was younger, because he was a quarterback and I would like to sack him.
GS – Brock Lesnar in the UFC, because he is a beast and I'd like to see how I would do against him.

17. My craziest ambition in life is to …
BM – Base jump in New York City.
PB – Sky dive.

18. Do you have any pre-game rituals?
DB – I always have a conversation with my mom and pray by myself.
BM – No, I just like to stay calm.
PB – Listen to some crazy music.
GS – I don't say anything and I eat a lot of wheat bread.

19. If you could have dinner with three people throughout history, who would they be and why?
DB – Michael Jordan, Rick Ross, Young Jeezy, because they all inspire me in one way or another.
BM – Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Bill Clinton.
PB – John F. Kennedy, Robert E. Lee and Julius Caesar.

20. A place I've always wanted to visit, but never had the chance is (and why)?
DB – Anguilla, because I know people there and it looks like a nice place to visit.
PB – Ireland, because that is where my ancestors are from.
GS – Hawaii.

21. I choose my uniform number because …
DB – I was six in high school, so I wanted to flip it and make it nine.
BM – it has been my number since high school.
PB – because it was the same number that Dick Butkus wore.
GS – it's a pretty good number.

22. What are four or five things you could not live without?
DB – Family, friends, my car and my Jordans.
BM – Food, air, food, water … and again food.
PB – Food, sleep and my Xbox.

23. My personal goals this season are …
DB – to be ranked No. 1 nationally in kickoff returns, gain 1,500 yards receiving, win a conference and national championship and make every big play that I can.
BM – to earn all-conference honors.
PB – to start each game this year.
GS – do my best.

24. What sets football apart as a sport and makes it appealing to you?
DB – Contact and the crowds. I love to be in the big game with thousands of people watching.
BM – It is a team sport and if it was so easy, everyone would do it.
PB – You can legally hurt people.

25. If I won a million dollars, I would …
DB – make sure my family was well taken care of.
BM – totally panic, because that's a lot of money.
PB – invest it.
GS – buy a beach house and put the rest in the bank.

26. What cartoon character are you most like (and why)?
DB – Johnny Bravo, because I'm smooth with the ladies.
BM – Eric Cartman.
PB – Bugs Bunny, because he is cool and funny.

27. If someone would look at the songs on my iPod, I would be embarrassed for them to see I have this song …
DB – any up North rap, because I love down South music.
BM – songs by Phil Collins.
PB – "You're Beautiful".
GS – "Oops, I Did It Again" by Britney Spears.

28. The first thing people notice about me when they meet me is …
BM – how big I am.
PB – I'm taller than the average person.

29. When you were a little child, what did you want to be "when you grew up" and are you pursuing it still as a career/profession after graduation?
DB – I wanted to be a basketball player (the next Allen Iverson).
BM – I wanted to be a NASCAR driver, so no.
PB – I've always wanted to be a football player.

30. If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?
DB – Invisibility, so I could do what I wanted when I wanted.
BM – To understand women … the men reading this can totally relate.
PB – The ability to read minds.
GS – Super strength, so I could park my car easier.

Tomorrow, LibertyFlames.com's Countdown to Kickoff coverage continues when the web site previews Big South newcomer Stony Brook in its six-part Big South preview series.

Practice Note: Tomorrow's practice time has been moved from 2:20 – 5 p.m. to 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. The two-hour session will still be held at Williams Stadium and will feature primarily special teams situations.