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Training Camp Position Preview: QBs

August 4, 2012
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Throughout the month of August, LibertyFlames.com and the Flames Sports Network will be previewing each position on Liberty's football roster, starting today with the quarterbacks.

Along with today's written preview about the quarterback position, FSN reporter Nick Pierce had a chance to catch up with Liberty's quarterbacks coach Joe Dailey to get further insight into this position of interest this August.

Quarterbacks

One of the first challenges at Liberty for head coach Turner Gill will be to replace the Flames' offensive leader for the last three seasons, Mike Brown. Brown, a two-time Walter Payton Award candidate and current member of the Jacksonville Jaguars, left his mark on Liberty's record books when he graduated last year.

The quarterback completed his career ranked No. 1 in program history in completion percentage (65.0), No. 5 in touchdown passes (45) and No. 6 in passing yards.

The dual threat finished his days on Liberty Mountain accounting for 74 touchdowns (45 passing, 29 rushing) and 7,947 total offensive yards, averaging 180.6 yards per game.

A three-person battle ensued for the starting role under center during spring practice between redshirt senior Tyler Brennan, junior Brian Hudson and redshirt freshman Josh Woodrum.

Following the 15-practice workout sessions, Gill named Hudson and Woodrum as the front runners to take over the starting role this season, which prompted Brennan to leave the program to pursue other athletic opportunities.

Hudson will enter the season as the only quarterback in a Liberty uniform with collegiate playing experience. He played in three games in 2011, completing 14-of-21 passing attempts for 145 yards and two touchdowns.

Hudson's most significant playing experience last season came at Charleston Southern, where he took over for Brown after an injury late in the first half. Hudson finished the rest of the game and helped the Flames secure the 38-16 road victory.

Woodrum came to Liberty as a highly touted high school quarterback. A Top 40 recruit in Virginia when he graduated from Cave Springs High School, he finished his high school career with 6,515 total offensive yards, including 1,212 rushing and 5,303 passing, and 62 touchdowns.

During August training camp, this position will be closely watch, but Gill is certain that a leader will emerge to take over the position left vacated by Brown's graduation.

Quarterbacks at a Glance
Front Runner
Brian Hudson (Jr., 6-3, 220)
Josh Woodrum (R-Fr., 6-3, 210)

Contender
Javan Shashaty (Fr., 6-1, 165)


Fans are reminded that Liberty's football practices are closed to the general public outside of the Flames Fan Fest on Aug. 18.

Season and single game tickets remain on sale for the 2012 season through the Flames Ticket Office. For more information about tickets, contact the Flames Ticket Office at (434) 582-SEAT (7328) or by email at tickets@liberty.edu.