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Bolden Named Big South Special Teams Player of the Week For Second Time

November 20, 2006
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Dominic Bolden returned a kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown on Saturday.

Dominic Bolden returned a kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown on Saturday.

For the second time this year, Liberty University wide receiver/return specialist Dominic Bolden has been named Big South Special Teams Player of the Week, honoring his record-setting performance at VMI this past weekend. 

Bolden (So., WR, Orlando, Fla.) became the first player in Big South Conference history to return a second kickoff for a touchdown in a season as he tied a school and conference record by returning a kickoff 97 yards for a score against the Keydets in the Flames' season-finale victory. Earlier this year, Bolden returned a kickoff 93 yards against Coastal Carolina. 

Bolden is one of three players nationally to have returned two kickoffs for a touchdown this year as he joins Alabama A&M's Ulysses Banks and Tennessee-Martin's Jessie Burtojn in accomplishing the feat. 

Liberty finished the regular season ranked third nationally in kickoff return yardage as the Flames set a new Big South Conference record by averaging 25.56 yards per kickoff return. Also, Liberty was the only team in the nation to return three kickoffs for a touchdown this year as Wynton Jackson also returned one 80 yards against Charleston Southern. 

The Flames owned the Big South Special Teams Player of the Week award this year as Bolden was also honored on October 30, Jackson took home the award twice (September 2 and November 11) and Ben Beasley was named the league's top weekly special teams player once (September 16). 

The Flames finished their season on Saturday with a 38-32 win over VMI, ending the year on a three-game winning streak. Liberty finished its first season under head coach Danny Rocco with a 6-5 record which tied for the nation's best win improvement. 

Liberty, who finished the 2005 campaign with a 1-10, was one of four teams to finish this year with a five-win improvement over the previous as they joined Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Bucknell and Robert Morris in accomplishing the turnabout.