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CSN Ranks Liberty at No. 23 and Honors Players

August 5, 2012
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Richard Wright (LS) was one of three Liberty Flames named to the College Sporting News FCS Preseason All-America teams.

CSN FCS Preseason Top 25 poll

CSN FCS Preseason All-America teams

Liberty received its first preseason ranking of the year at No. 23 by the College Sporting News (CSN), while the CSN named three of Liberty's players to its 2012 FCS Preseason All-America teams.

Liberty was listed No. 23 in the CSN Preseason FCS Top 25 ranking after the Flames finished the 2011 season with a 7-4 record and a 5-1 mark in Big South play.

The Flames spent a total of 10 weeks in the national rankings last season, finishing the season ranked No. 25 in the Sports Network and FCS Coaches polls.

Liberty has been a perennial FCS Top 25 program the last four years, ranking as high as No. 12 in the Sports Network poll (2010) and No. 11 in the FCS Coaches listing (2010).

Individually, the CSN honored Malcolm Boyd (OL), Kevin Fogg (KR) and Richard Wright (LS) by naming the trio to its 2012 FCS Preseason All-America teams. All three were first-team honorees.

Boyd was an Associated Press third-team All-American at left guard last season and was named to the Sports Network Preseason All-America team last week.

Fogg had a breakout season for the Flames and has been named to the Big South preseason all-conference team both as a defender and special teams member.

Defensively in 2011, Fogg ranked third in the Big South with three interceptions to go along with 45 tackles (33 solo, 12 assisted), two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. Fogg was a consensus All-America pick as a return specialist after leading the nation with three kickoff returns for a touchdown and averaging 33.5 yards per kickoff return.

Wright earned All-America honors in 2011 when the long snapper joined Boyd and Fogg on the CSN Fabulous Fifth FCS All-America team.

The Flames will continue their preseason workouts this week with practices each day before having an off day on Sunday. Monday's practice, which starts at 9:15 a.m., will be the first time the Flames have hit the turf at Williams Stadium in full pads this August.