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CTK's Big South Preview: Stony Brook
Audio Interview with Stony Brook Head Coach Chuck Priore
Audio Interview with Liberty Head Coach Danny Rocco
LibertyFlames.com is here to help prepare each Flames fan for the upcoming season, providing the most in-depth coverage prior to Liberty's home opener against North Greenville on Aug. 30 at Williams Stadium.
As part of the web site's Countdown to Kickoff coverage, we will be previewing each of the six Big South foes Liberty will face this year, including future league member Presbyterian. The six-part series will give fans some much-needed insight into the foes the Flames will square off against on the gridiron this year, as Liberty looks to defend its 2007 Big South Conference championship.
Listed below are Countdown to Kickoff's previous Big South preview segments, should you be interested:
VMI Preview (Aug. 3)
Presbyterian (Aug. 9)
Charleston Southern (Aug. 12)
Today, we are going to take a look at the Big South's newest member, Stony Brook, who joins the league this year as an associate member for football only. The Seawolves are coming off a 6-5 season, their second under head coach Chuck Priore.
Stony Brook, which is nestled on Long Island outside of New York City, returns 41 letterswinners from last year and 16 starters. In 2007, the Seawolves' defense ranked first among NCAA FCS independent programs, holding opponents to 325.9 yards per game and 24.7 points per contest.
Nine of Stony Brook's 11 defensive starters return for another go around this year, guided by defensive lineman Adam Soivilien. The senior started all 11 games in 2007, leading the team in tackles (70), assisted tackles (50) and tackles for a loss (8.5).
Outside linebacker Andre Jean-Pierre (63 tackles, 26 solo tackles) and inside linebacker Tyler Santucci (56 tackles, 5.5 tackles for a loss) also return behind Soivilien, giving the Seawolves three out of their top five tacklers back for their first season in the Big South.
Offensively, Stony Brook returns one of the nation's best wide receivers in Lynell Suggs. The senior caught 75 passes for 926 yards and six touchdowns in 2007, ranking the wide out No. 11 nationally in receptions per game (6.82) and No. 18 in receiving yards per game (87.45).
Josh Dudash, who passed for 2,345 yards and 18 touchdowns last year, graduated and has left the quarterbacking reigns in the hands of understudy Dan Sweeney. The senior saw action in five games last year, but only completed 3-of-4 pass attempts in his back-up role.
Stony Brook returns four of its five best rushing threats, led by Conte Cuttino. The junior has led the Seawolves in rushing the past two seasons, including 2007 when he took to the ground for 940 yards and five touchdowns. Brandon Mason led the squad with seven rushing touchdowns, while adding 651 rushing yards gained behind Cuttino.
Stony Brook will be the Flames second Big South Conference game of the year and the first league showdown at Williams Stadium this season. Following a stretch where Liberty takes to the road for a month, the Flames and the Seawolves will face off in Lynchburg on Oct. 11, for the first of three-straight 3:30 p.m. home contests.
The early October contest will mark the first meeting in the series between the two programs. In 2008, Liberty is facing three first-time opponents, including its home opener against North Greenville and against Lafayette on Oct. 18.
The contest will mark the first of four games broadcast live on MASN, as the Baltimore-based television broadcasting company will be picking up the Flames Television Network's feed. All in all, Liberty will have eight of its 12 football games televised this year, making the Flames one of the most televised FCS football programs in the country.
Game 6 – Liberty vs. Stony Brook
Oct. 11, 2008 (3:30 p.m.)
Williams Stadium (12,000) FTN, FamilyNet, MASN, WSET (TV)
Stony Brook Quick Facts
Location: Stony Brook, N.Y.
Colors: Red, Blue and Grey
Conference: Big South (Football Only)
Stadium: LaValle Stadium (8,136)
President: Dr. Shirley Strum Kenny
Athletic Director: Jim Fiore
Coaching Staff Information
Head Coach: Chuck Priore (Albany '82)
Record at School: 11-11 (Two years)
Career Record: 50-20 (Eight years)
Jeff Behrman - Offensive Coordinator
Joe Tricario - Defensive Coordinator
Ky Cowan - Secondary
Jason Martin - Defensive Line
Carlton Goff - Wide Receivers
Shawn Daignault - Inside Linebackers
Jon Woods - Tight Ends
Tony Thompson - Outside Linebackers
Greg Toop - Running Backs
Michael Iafrate - Offensive Line
Player & Team Information
2007 Record: 6-5
Conference Record/Finish: N/A
Offensive Formation: Multiple
Defensive Formation: 3-4
Lettermen Returning/Lost: 41/16
Starters Returning/Lost: 16/6
Offensive/Defensive Starters Returning: 7/9
Offensive Starters Returning: Steve Council (OL), Conte Cuttino (RB), Dwayne Eley (WR), Ali Khawaja (OL), Lawrence Lovell (OL), Jeff Santos (OL), Lynell Suggs (WR)
Defensive Starters Returning: Chris Brevi (DB), Dominic Chevalier (DL), Cory Giddings (DB), Andre Jean-Pierre (LB), Will Martinez (DL), Mike McCoy (DB), Tyler Santucci (LB), Adam Soivilien (DL), Greg Weeks (LB)
Key Web Site Links:
Athletics Web Site: http://goseawolves.cstv.com
Football Web Site
2008 Coaching Staff
2008 Football Media Guide
Series Record: First Meeting
Last Meeting: First Meeting
Current Series Streak: First Meeting
Record in Lynchburg: First Meeting
at Williams Stadium: First Meeting
Rocco vs. Stony Brook: First Meeting
Longest Liberty win streak: First Meeting
Longest Liberty losing streak: First Meeting
Biggest Liberty win: First Meeting
Biggest Liberty loss: First Meeting
Last Liberty home win: First Meeting
Last Liberty road win: First Meeting
Record in Stony Brook, N.Y.: N/A
at LaValle Stadium: N/A
Priore vs. Liberty: N/A
Longest Stony Brook win streak: N/A
Longest Stony Brook losing streak: N/A
Biggest Stony Brook win: N/A
Biggest Stony Brook loss: N/A
Last Stony Brook home win: N/A
Last Stony Brook road win: N/A
Seawolves Players to Watch
Note: Information provide courtesy of the Big South Conference football media guide
RB, Jr., 5-9, 195
Notes: Led Stony Brook for a second straight season in rushing with 940 yards … started all 10 games he played in … missed the final game of the season with an injury … four-100 yard games … 41st in the nation with his average of 94.0 yards on the ground … 139 yards the first game of the season vs. Georgetown (9/1) … career-highs of 204 yards (third-highest all-time at SBU) on 34 carries at Albany (10/6) … third SBU back to go over the 200-yard mark in a game … yardage was the third-highest in a game in school history while the carries were the second-highest ever … started the season running back kickoffs as well … took one 95 yards for a score at Bucknell.
WR, Sr., 6-2, 190
Notes: Started every game at a wide-out slot for the Seawolves … led the team in receptions (75) and yards (962) … both of those marks set new school records for a single season … tied for 11th in FCS in receptions per game … 18th in yards per game … twice had at least 10 receptions in a game … at least three catches every time out … three 100-yard games … 13 catches for 200 yards and a pair of scores at Albany (10/6) … that broke the school mark for catches in a game … also had a season-long 69 yard reception against the Great .
DL, Sr., 6-2, 273
Notes: Played in all 11 games for Stony Brook for a second straight season … eight starts at right end, including the last six straight … led the Seawolves in tackles with 70 … also led the squad in tackles for loss (8.5) and tied for the team lead in sacks (3.0) … one interception … career-high 14 tackles in the second game of the season at Bucknell (9/8) … eight stops at Youngstown St. (9/15) … 10 tackles, three for a loss including a sack, at Hofstra (9/29) … in three-game home stretch had 18 tackles, including one for a loss in each game … picked off his first career interception at Elon (11/17), returning it 30 yards.
OL, Sr., 6-1, 315
Notes: Started all 11 games at left guard for a second straight season … part of an offensive line that allowed just 1.45 sacks per game to rank 30th in the nation.