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August 25, 2008
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Quarterbacks coach Brandon Streeter takes about Brock Smith and the passers waiting in the wings behind the senior during today's preview.

Quarterbacks coach Brandon Streeter takes about Brock Smith and the passers waiting in the wings behind the senior during today's preview.

Countdown to Kickoff Central

Coach's Corner Interview with Brandon Streeter

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 quarterbacks. Last year was a banner year under Brock Smith, who passed for personal best totals in both yards and touchdowns.

Quarterbacks
Last year, Rocco found leadership up front to guide his team to a Big South championship, as his behemoth offensive line paved the way to greatness. This year, the head coach will look to the backfield to power his offense, starting with senior quarterback Brock Smith.

"Offensively, a lot of the pieces are already in place and it all always starts with the quarterback position," commented head coach Danny Rocco. "We've got Brock Smith coming back for his senior year, and he has started an awful lot of football games around here."

During his first two years at Liberty, Smith learned under the gun, steadily showing improvement game-by-game. However last year, the southpaw came into his own down the stretch, finishing the year by passing for 2,226 yards and 19 touchdowns.

He completed the season ranked No. 7 nationally in passing efficiency (157.42 rating), aided by his 61.2 completion percentage and his low total of seven interceptions.

"I thought the second half of the season last year was a great example of what he is capable of doing, as he really played at a high level," stated Rocco about the No. 14 preseason ranked FCS quarterback, as listed by the Sports Network.

"He was a big reason for us winning the championship. We are hopeful Brock can play at a very high level early in the season and throughout the year. Brock has such a great understanding of the offense and his position, which should pay great dividends for us."

Two other quarterbacks give the Flames quite a different look behind Smith in seasoned junior Spencer Landis and relative rookie Mike Brown.

Landis has been Smith's understudy the last two years, seeing playing time in eight out of 11 games last year. Brown redshirted last year, but both reserve hurlers impressed the coaching staff during the latest spring practice session.

"Behind Brock, we have got two guys who we are very excited about," added Rocco. "Both are uniquely different and both are very capable. Spencer played a decent amount last year in substitution for Brock. Mike redshirted last year, and we are really excited about his future promise and his athleticism. We feel right now as good as we ever have at the quarterback position."

Quarterbacks at a Glance
Front Runner

QB - Brock Smith (Sr., 6-3, 240)
Contenders
Mike Brown (R-Fr., 6-0, 190)
Spencer Landis (Jr., 6-2, 185)
Up-and-Comers
Tyler Brennan (Fr., 6-3, 205)
Kyle DeArmon (R-So., 6-3, 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)
Coach's Corner No. 5 – Wide Receivers (Aug. 13) 
Coach's Corner No. 6 – Defensive Line (Aug. 18)
Coach's Corner No. 7 – Special Teams (Aug. 20)
Coach's Corner No. 8 – Running Backs (Aug. 24)

Schedule of Future Features
Coach's Corner No. 10 – Defensive Coordinator (Aug. 27)

LibertyFlames.com's Countdown to Kickoff coverage is winding down, as the Flames stand just five days away from kickoff on Saturday. The web site will be running its final Big South opponent preview tomorrow, as we will take a look at Coastal Carolina, a team picked to finish second in the league directly behind Liberty.

On Wednesday, LibertyFlames.com will wrap up its Coach's Corner segment, as the web site sits down with defensive coordinator Tom Clark to take an overall look at Liberty's defensive effort heading into the 2008 campaign.