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Two Flames Grab Preseason All-America Honors
2008 Sports Network Preseason FCS All-America Team
The Sports Network released its 2008 Preseason FCS All-America football team today, which included Liberty's Rashad Jennings and Dominic Bolden among the 84 preseason player honorees.
Jennings (Sr., 6-1, 230) was named to the Sports Network's first-team All-America squad. The honor was reasonably expected, following the Sports Network naming Jennings its top-ranked FCS running back on Aug. 11.
The Flames' senior tailback is starting to rack up preseason honors. In July, Jennings was tabbed the Big South's Preseason Offensive Player of the Year and named to the conference's preseason first-team all-conference squad.
The Flames' senior tailback led the Big South in rushing yards per game (123.7), rushing touchdowns (15) and scoring (104 points) a season ago. The reigning Big South Offensive Player of the Year rushed for 1,113 yards, posting his second-straight season with 1,000 or more rushing yards since joining Liberty's roster in 2006.
Jennings set new Big South records with his rushing touchdown total, while also etching his name in the conference annals by averaging 154.3 all-purpose yards per game, scoring 18 total touchdowns and tallying 104 total points.
Bolden (Sr., 5-10, 180) was named to the Sports Network's third-team All-America squad as a kickoff return specialist. Last year, Bolden ranked No. 2 nationally by averaging 32.0 yards per kickoff return. The mark was the second-highest average in program history, while his 671 kickoff return yards ranks third best in the school's annals.
Jennings and Bolden were both Sports Network honorable-mention All-America selections in 2007, along with five other Flames. Gardner-Webb's Mario Brown was the only other Big South selection to this year's preseason All-America squad, grabbing a spot on the third team at linebacker.