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Training Camp Position Preview: Special Teams

August 17, 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, continuing today with a look at Liberty's special teams.

Along with today's written preview about the special teams, FSN reporter Nick Pierce had a chance to talk to Mike Minter, Liberty's newest special team's coordinator.

Special Teams

The Flames will be looking to replace several members of its special teams group, but those who return are nationally renowned in their roles.

Liberty will look to replace the program's all-time leading scorer in Matt Bevins at kicker (309 points, 58 field goals, 135 extra points), punter Mike Larsson, who earned all-Big South honors as a punter in 2011, and holder Mike Brown.

Among those returning to the special teams unit are led by All-Americans Kevin Fogg (KR/PR) and Richard Wright (LS).

To say the Fogg had a breakout season in 2011 might be an understatement, as the rising senior started the catch the eye of the NFL scouts last year.

Fogg earned first-team All-America honors from the Sports Network, College Sporting News and the Walter Camp Foundation after leading the country with three kickoff returns for a touchdown and averaging 33.5 yards per return attempt.

He was one of two Division I players (FBS and FCS) to finish the season with three kickoff returns for touchdown, tying the Big South record and setting a new program record with 771 total return yards.

Wright is an unsung hero being a lone snapper, but he efforts did garner him Big South first-team all-conference honors and a spot on the College Sporting News Fabulous Fifth FCS All-America team.

His consistent snapping efforts helped Bevins rewrite Liberty's kicking game records and aided in Larsson finishing the season with a career-best 42.8 punting average, breaking his own program record.

Newcomers Aaron Sassaman (K), Grant Bowden (P), John Lunsford (K/P) and Brennan Landis (K/P) will use August training camp to try to secure starting roles, all in their first season with the program.

Special Teams - Kickers at a Glance
Front Runners
Aaron Sassaman (K) (So., 5-11, 210)
Grant Bowden (P) (Jr., 6-3, 190)
Richard Wright (LS) (R-Jr., 6-1, 260)

Contenders
Brennan Landis (K/P) (Fr., 5-9, 180)
John Lunsford (K/P) (Fr., 6-1, 180)

Special Teams - Returners at a Glance
Front Runners
Korrey Davis (KR) (Sr., 5-10, 195)
Kevin Fogg (KR/PR) (Sr., 5-10, 190)

Contenders
D.J. Abnar (Fr., 5-10, 185)
Ryan Ayers (So., 5-10, 180)
Sirchauncey Holloway (Sr., 5-7, 205)


The Flames held their final morning practice of August training camp this morning and will not return to the practice field until tomorrow night.

The football program will open its gates to the general public for the first time this August on Saturday night for a scrimmage, which starts at 7 p.m.

Following a one-hour scrimmage, Liberty will host its inaugural Flames Fan Fest in the concourse of the Williams Stadium Tower. The evening event will including a meet-and-greet session with Liberty's coaches and players.