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Five Named to VaSID All-State Football Team
The Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) released its 2011 all-state university division football team last week, which included five Liberty football players.
Following a 7-4 season and a Big South runner-up finish, Liberty had three players earn first-team all-state honors, while two additional players were named to the VaSID all-state second team.
Mike Brown was named the top quarterback in the Commonwealth in 2011, securing a first-team quarterback selection, along with first-team honors for wide receiver Chris Summers and All-American return specialist Kevin Fogg.
Liberty's second-team all-state selections were offensive lineman Malcolm Boyd and punter Mike Larsson.
Brown, a 2010 and 2011 Walter Payton Award candidate, finished his senior season with the Flames with 2,664 passing yards and 18 touchdowns, to go along with 437 rushing yards and nine rushing touchdowns.
Brown finished his career at Liberty with 6,072 passing yards, 45 passing touchdowns, 1,875 rushing yards, 29 rushing touchdowns and ranked second in school history with 7,947 total offensive yards.
During the 2011 season, Summers became Liberty's all-time career leader in receptions (188), receiving yards (2,712) and touchdowns (26). The 2010 All-America wide receiver posted his second straight 1,000-yard season in 2011, leading the Flames with 1,014 yards and seven touchdowns.
Fogg finished the 2011 season ranked No. 1 in the country with a 33.5 yard kickoff return average, helping him earn All-America honors from the Sports Network, Phil Steele Postseason and the College Sporting News. Fogg set a program record and was one of two Division I football players in the country (both FCS and FBS) to finish the 2011 season with three kickoff returns for a touchdown (New Mexico State's Taveon Rogers also finished with three returns for a touchdown).
Boyd, a first-team All-Big South honoree, started nine out of 10 games for the Flames at left guard, missing one game due to an injury. The junior graded out at 86 percent, recorded 60 knockdowns and allowed just one sack. He was a key part of Liberty's offensive line that helped the Flames finish the year ranked No. 8 in the country in scoring offense (35.91 points per game), No. 19 in passing offense (270.27) and No. 20 in total offense (426.25).
Larsson, a two-time Big South all-conference selection, capped off his career by finishing with a 42.8 yard punting average in 2011. Larsson had 19 career games where he averaged 40 or more yards per punt and would have ranked No. 9 nationally in punting average if he met the NCAA minimum punts per game threshold of 3.6 punts per game (due to Liberty's prolific offense, Larsson only finished 2011 with 3.36 punts per game).
2011 VaSID All-State Football Teams
Quarterback: Mike Brown, R-Sr., Liberty
Running Back: David Wilson, Jr., Virginia Tech
Running Back: Jonathan Grimes, Sr., William and Mary
Wide Receiver: Tre Gray, Sr., Richmond
Wide Receiver: Chris Summers, R-Sr., Liberty
Tight End: Alex Gottlieb, Sr., William and Mary
Center: James Pagliaro, Sr., William and Mary
Guard: Austin Pasztor, Sr., Virginia
Guard: Earl Watford, R-Jr., James Madison
Tackle: Blake DeChristopher, Sr., Virginia Tech
Tackle: Blake Matthews, R-Jr., Norfolk State
Defensive Line: Ronnie Cameron, R-Sr., Old Dominion
Defensive Line: Matt Conrath, Sr., Virginia
Defensive Line: D.J. Bryant, R-Sr., James Madison
Defensive Line: James Gayle, R-So., Virginia Tech
Linebacker: Stephon Robertson, R-So., James Madison
Linebacker: Craig Wilkins, R-Jr., Old Dominion
Linebacker: Steve Greer, Jr., Virginia/Corwin Hammond, R-Sr., Norfolk State
Cornerback: Chase Minnifield, Sr., Virginia
Cornerback: B.W. Webb, Jr., William and Mary
Safety: Eddie Whitley, Sr., Virginia Tech
Safety: Brian Thompson, Jr., William and Mary
Kicker: Ryan Estep, R-Sr. Norfolk State
Punter: Jonathan Plisco, R-Jr. Old Dominion
Return Specialist: Kevin Fogg, Jr., Liberty
Quarterback: Logan Thomas, R-So., Virginia Tech
Running Back: Perry Jones, Jr., Virginia
Running Back: Dae'Quan Scott, R-So., James Madison
Wide Receiver: Danny Coale, Sr., Virginia Tech
Wide Receiver: Kris Burd, Sr., Virginia
Tight End: Brian Barlow, R-Jr., James Madison
Center: Roane Babington, R-Sr., James Madison
Guard: Jaymes Brooks, R-Sr., Virginia Tech
Guard: Malcolm Boyd, Jr., Liberty
Tackle: Rob Bailey, Sr., VMI
Tackle: Kendall Noble, R-Sr., Norfolk State
Defensive Line: Cam Johnson, Sr., Virginia
Defensive Line: Josh Turner, R-Sr., Norfolk State
Defensive Line: Marcus Hyde, Sr., William and Mary
Defensive Line: J.R. Collins, R-So., Virginia Tech
Linebacker: Darius McMillan, Jr., Richmond
Linebacker: A.J. Gross, R-Sr., VMI
Linebacker: Jabrel Mines, Jr., William and Mary
Cornerback: Kyle Fuller, So., Virginia Tech
Cornerback: Demetrious Nicholson, Fr., Virginia
Safety: Dean Marlowe, R-Fr., James Madison
Safety: Rodney McLeod, Sr., Virginia
Kicker: Robert Randolf, Sr., Virginia
Punter: Mike Larsson, Sr., Liberty
Return Specialist: Jonathan Grimes, Sr., William and Mary
VaSID Major Awards
Offensive Player of the Year: David Wilson, Jr., Virginia Tech
Defensive Player of the Year: Chase Minnifield, Sr., Virginia
Rookie of the Year: Taylor Heinicke, Fr., Old Dominion
Coach of the Year: Mike London, Virginia