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November 20, 2012
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Josh Woodrum (left) and Pat Kelly (right) garnered two of the top awards handed out by the Big South when the league announced it annual Big South all-conference teams.

Quarterback Josh Woodrum was named Big South Freshman of the Year and Pat Kelly was named Big South Scholar-Athlete of the Year, highlighting 13 Liberty players who received Big South all-conference football honors, as announced by the league office earlier today.

Woodrum, who is one of 20 finalists for the Jerry Rice Award (top FCS freshman in the country), finished his first year as Liberty's starting quarterback completing 68.5 percent of his pass attempts (183-of-267) and throwing for 1,966 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Woodrum set a program freshman record with 1,963 total offensive yards and ranked No. 4 in the Big South in total offense. He is the second player in program history to be named Big South Freshman of the Year, joining Zach Terrell (QB/RB) who earned the same honor in 2005.

Pat Kelly is the first Liberty player in program history to be named Big South Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The senior, who also earned Big South first-team all-conference honors, led the Big South with 80 receptions and ranked No. 11 in the country in receptions per game (7.27).

Kelly, who holds a 4.0 GPA in pursuit of his exercise science degree, is a two-time Capital One/CoSIDA Academic all-district honoree and was named a Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America first-team selection in 2011 (18th student-athlete in Liberty's history to be named to the top collegiate academic team in the country).

Liberty (six first-team, seven second-team), joined Coastal Carolina (eight first-team, five second-team) and Gardner-Webb (four first-team, nine second-team) to lead all Big South teams with 13 total all-conference selections. Stony Brook and Coastal Carolina tied for the Big South lead with eight first-team honorees.

Liberty's first-team all-conference honorees were: Aldreakis Allen (RB, Jr.), Pat Kelly (WR, Sr.), Aaron Lundy (OL, Sr.), Nick Sigmon (LB, So.), Brent Vinson (DB, Sr.) and Richard Wright (LS, Jr.).

The Flames second-team all-conference honorees included: Jay Weatherington (OL, Sr.), Bryant Lewellyn (DL, Sr.), Cory Freeman (DL, Jr.), Scott Hyland (LB, Jr.), Walt Aikens (DB, Jr.), John Lunsford (K, Fr.) and Grant Bowden (P, Jr.).

Liberty has now had 13 or more Big South all-conference selections each season dating back to 2006. Since the league's formation in 2002, Liberty has had 141 total all-conference football honorees, which ranks second in Big South history (Gardner-Webb leads the league with 153 total all-conference selections).

Stony Brook running back Miguel Maysonet was the unanimous selection as the Big South's Offensive Player of the Year, while Coastal Carolina linebacker Quinn Backus was named the Big South's Defensive Player of the Year.

After leading the Chanticleers to a three-way share of the Big South title and earning the league's automatic bid to the NCAA FCS Playoffs, Coastal Carolina first-year head coach Joe Moglia was named the Big South Coach of the Year.

2012 Big South Football Awards
Big South First-Team All-Conference
Offense

QB - Aramis Hillary, Sr., Coastal Carolina
RB - Miguel Maysonet, Sr., Stony Brook
RB - Aldreakis Allen, Jr., Liberty
WR - Kevin Norrell, Sr., Stony Brook
WR - Pat Kelly, Sr., Liberty
WR - Matt Hazel, Jr., Coastal Carolina
TE - Seth Cranfill, R-So., Gardner-Webb
OL - Michael Bamiro, R-Jr., Stony Brook
OL - Pat Williams, Sr., Coastal Carolina
OL - Mike Lisi, So., Stony Brook
OL - Steve Demilio, R-Sr., Gardner-Webb
OL - Aaron Lundy, R-Sr., Liberty

Defense
DL - Jonathan Coats, Sr., Stony Brook
DL - Charlie Jones, Sr., VMI
DL - Johnny Hartsfield, Sr., Coastal Carolina
DL - Quinton Davis, Sr., Coastal Carolina
LB - Quinn Backus, So., Coastal Carolina
LB - Nick Sigmon, R-So., Liberty
LB - Tanner Burch, So., Gardner-Webb
LB - Jawara Dudley, Jr., Stony Brook
DB - Charles James, R-Sr., Charleston Southern
DB - Dominick Reyes, R-Sr., Stony Brook
DB - Brent Vinson, Sr., Liberty
DB - Dontavais Johnson, Sr., Coastal Carolina

Special Teams
PK - Wesley Skiffington, R-Sr., Stony Brook
P - Bo Lindsey, Sr., Gardner-Webb
LS - Richard Wright, R-Jr., Liberty
KR - Michael Ruff, Sr., Presbyterian
PR - Niccolo Mastromatteo, Jr., Coastal Carolina


Big South Second-Team All-Conference
Offense

QB - Kyle Essington, Sr., Stony Brook
RB - Jeremy Height, Sr., Coastal Carolina
RB - Kenny Little, R-Sr., Gardner-Webb
WR - Kenny Cook, R-So., Gardner-Webb
WR - Niccolo Mastromatteo, Jr., Coastal Carolina
WR - Larry Jones III, Fr., Charleston Southern
TE - David Duran, R-Sr., Coastal Carolina
OL - Scott Hernandez, R-Jr., Stony Brook
OL - Jamie Dunaway, Sr., Gardner-Webb
OL - Jay Weatherington, Sr., Liberty
OL - Chad Hamilton, R-So., Coastal Carolina
OL - Austin Sargent, Sr., Gardner-Webb

Defense
DL - Maurice Dickson, Jr., Gardner-Webb
DL - Bryant Lewellyn, R-Sr., Liberty
DL - Preston Pemasa, Jr., Gardner-Webb
DL - Cory Freeman, R-Jr., Liberty
LB - Mike McClure, Jr., Coastal Carolina
LB - Scott Hyland, Jr., Liberty
LB - Donelle Williams, So., Presbyterian
LB - LJ Perry, Jr., Presbyterian
DB - Walt Aikens, R-Jr., Liberty
DB - Davonte Anderson, Jr., Stony Brook
DB - Elijah Lee, Jr., Charleston Southern
DB - Cedrick Moore, Sr., Stony Brook

Special Teams
PK - John Lunsford, Fr., Liberty
P - Grant Bowden, Jr., Liberty

LS - Hudson Smith, Jr., Gardner-Webb
KR - J.J. Hubbard, So., Gardner-Webb
PR - J.J. Hubbard, So., Gardner-Webb

Big South All-Academic Team
Nick Kemper, Gr., OL, Charleston Southern
Niccolo Mastromatteo, Jr., WR, Coastal Carolina
Lucas Beatty, R-So., QB, Gardner-Webb
Pat Kelly, Sr., WR, Liberty
Breyon Williams, So., LB, Presbyterian College
Kyle Essington, Sr., QB, Stony Brook
Ty Garvin, Soph., LB, VMI

Offensive Player of the Year
Miguel Maysonet, Sr., RB, Stony Brook (unanimous)

Defensive Player of the Year
Quinn Backus, So., LB, Coastal Carolina

Freshman of the Year
Josh Woodrum, R-Fr., QB, Liberty

Coach of the Year
Joe Moglia, Coastal Carolina

Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Pat Kelly, Sr., WR, Liberty


More information about Liberty's all-conference honorees:

Josh Woodrum, QB/R-Fr.
Named to the Jerry Rice Award watch list (Top FCS Freshman in the country) … set a program freshman record with 1,963 total offensive yards and ranks second in program history among freshmen quarterbacks with 1,966 passing yards … ranks No. 4 in the Big South in total offense … ranks No. 3 in the Big South and No. 33 in the country in passing efficiency … leads the Big South in pass completion percentage … ranks No. 4 in the Big South in passing attempts, completions, passing yards and passing touchdowns … had two 300-yard passing games during the season … threw for 373 yards and three touchdowns during his first Big South game, leading the Flames to a comeback win over Gardner-Webb … threw seven of his 11 touchdown passes on the year against Big South opponents … named Big South Freshman of the Week (Sept. 17) and Big South Offensive Player of the Week (Oct. 8).

Aldreakis Allen, RB/Jr.
Ranks No. 2 in the Big South and No. 27 in the country in rushing yards per game … ninth player in program history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season … had four 100-yard games during the year … 13th player in program history to rush for 10 or more touchdowns … seventh player in program history to rush for 10 or more touchdowns and 1,000 yards in the same season … all 10 of his rushing touchdowns came in Big South play … averaged 107.3 rushing yards per game against Big South teams … had a career day with four rushing touchdowns and 183 yards at Presbyterian College … had three rushing touchdowns and 179 yards against Charleston Southern … capped off his season with two touchdowns and 99 yards at VMI … ranks No. 2 in the Big South in rushing touchdowns … ranks No. 3 in the Big South in all-purpose yards per game ... two-time Big South Player of the Week in 2012.

Pat Kelly, WR/Sr.
Leads the Big South and ranks 11th in the country in receptions per game (7.27) … fell one reception shy of tying Liberty's single-season record for receptions … second most receptions in a season in Big South history … set a Big South record with 16 receptions against Coastal Carolina … all three of his 100-yard games in 2012 came against Big South teams … ranks No. 2 in the Big South in receiving yards … averaged 90.3 yards per game against Big South opponents … fifth player in program history and seventh player in Big South history with 2,000 career receiving yards (2,107) … ranks No. 6 in Big South history with 162 career receptions … No. 7 in Big South history in total receiving yards … 2011 CoSIDA Academic All-America first-team honoree … 2011 Big South second-team all-conference selection … team captain.

Aaron Lundy, OL/Sr.
Started all 11 games at center … finished his career starting 22 consecutive games on the offensive line … 2011 Big South second-team all-conference … graded out fourth on Liberty's offensive line … had the most plays of any offensive lineman on Liberty's roster … 100 knockdowns … allowed four sacks … finished with seven pressures … helped the Flames rush for 1,934 yards and 21 touchdowns in 2012 … Liberty averaged 196.3 rushing yards per game against Big South teams and had 16 of its 21 rushing touchdowns in conference games … helped Aldreakis Allen become the program's ninth 1,000-yard rusher and score 10 rushing touchdowns … helped Liberty rank No. 28 in the country in third-down percentage conversion efficiency … Liberty ranked No. 19 nationally in red zone efficiency, scoring on 87.5 percent of their red zone drives (28-of-32, including 15 rushing touchdowns).

Nick Sigmon, LB/So.
Played in 10 of 11 games and started nine at middle linebacker … missed the Norfolk State with an injury … two-time Big South Defensive Player of the Week … Sports Network National Defensive Player of the Week after the Stony Brook game … led the Big South with 11.0 TFLs … one of three Big South players to return an interception for a touchdown … has 112 career tackles in just two seasons of competition at Liberty … had 7.5 of his 11.0 tackles for a loss against Big South teams … 33 of his 52 tackles on the year were in Big South games … five games with five or more stops … recorded a career-best 11 tackles against Montana … eight stops, including four tackles for loss against Charleston Southern … nine tackles, including eight solo stops against Stony Brook, including two tackles for a loss, a forced fumble and an interception return for a touchdown.

Brent Vinson, DB/Sr.
Started all 11 games … finished his career with 33 career starts, including 31 consecutive starts … Liberty's defensive leader with 68 tackles … finished with 13 more stops than Liberty's second-best defender Scott Hyland … career-high tackle total in 2012 … finished his career as Liberty's active career tackles leader with 171 stops … ranked third on the team with four pass breakups … No. 10 in the Big South in total tackles … No. 4 in tackles among defensive backs … had 10-tackle efforts against Concord and Charleston Southern … eight stops, including seven solo, in Liberty's upset of nationally ranked Stony Brook … helped Liberty's defense finish the year ranked No. 19 nationally in total defense (314.73 yards allowed per game) and No. 32 in rushing defense (188.64) … Liberty held seven of 11 opponents to less than 200 yards passing in a game.

Richard Wright, LS, Jr.
2011 Big South all-conference first-team selection … named to the 2011 College Sporting News Fabulous Fifth FCS All-America team … three-year starting long snapper, starting 33 consecutive games … finished the season without a bad snap … helped punter Grant Bowden finish his first season at Liberty ranked No. 2 in the Big South in punts … helped true freshman John Lunsford finished the year ranked No. 2 in the Big South in field goals and No. 3 in field goal percentage … Lunsford was called upon to attempt seven field goals of 50 or more yards during the year and he was successful on four of those lengthy field goals.

Jay Weatherington, OL/Sr.
Started the last eight games of the year at left guard … missed the first two games of the year with a preseason injury … 19 career starts … team captain … tied for second on Liberty's offensive line in terms of final graded out percentage … allowed four sacks on the year … 93 knockdowns … six pressures … helped the Flames rush for 1,934 yards and 21 touchdowns in 2012 … Liberty averaged 196.3 rushing yards per game against Big South teams and had 16 of its 21 rushing touchdowns in conference games … helped Aldreakis Allen become the program's ninth 1,000-yard rusher and score 10 rushing touchdowns … helped Liberty rank No. 28 in the country in third-down percentage conversion efficiency … Liberty ranked No. 19 nationally in red zone efficiency, scoring on 87.5 percent of their red zone drives (28-of-32, including 15 rushing touchdowns).

Bryant Lewellyn, DL/Sr.
Started all 11 games at nose guard … team captain … came into the year with nine games played and five career tackles … finished second on the team with 5.5 tackles for a loss … led the Flames and ranks No. 2 in the Big South in sacks (5.0) … four of his five sacks on the year came in Big South play … recorded a season-high three stops against nationally ranked Montana, Lehigh and Stony Brook … had two sacks against Presbyterian College and Stony Brook … helped Liberty's defense finish the year ranked No. 19 nationally in total defense (314.73 yards allowed per game) and No. 23 in rushing defense (126.09) … Liberty led the league in rushing defense and held five opponents to less than 100 yards rushing in a game … Big South opponents averaged only 114.0 rushing yards per game and scored nine rushing touchdowns.

Cory Freeman, DL/Jr.
Started all 11 games at left end … ranked second on the team among defensive linemen in total tackles … led all Liberty defensive linemen in tackles in Big South games … 10 of his 16 stops in Big South play were solo tackles … led the team with five quarterback hurries … finished eight games with three or more stops … recorded a season-best six tackles against Norfolk State … had a season-best three solo stops at Presbyterian College … helped Liberty's defense finish the year ranked No. 19 nationally in total defense (314.73 yards allowed per game) and No. 23 in rushing defense (126.09) … Liberty led the league in rushing defense and held five opponents to less than 100 yards rushing in a game … Big South opponents averaged only 114.0 rushing yards per game and scored nine rushing touchdowns.

Scott Hyland, LB/Jr.
Started all 11 games (10 at weak side linebacker and one at strong side linebacker) … has started 22 consecutive games … ranked second on the team in tackles … led the team in assisted stops … third on the team in tackles for a loss … one of five Liberty players with an interception on the season … three of his five tackles for a loss came in Big South games … seven games with five or more stops … had a season-best nine tackles at nationally ranked Montana … helped Liberty's defense finish the year ranked No. 19 nationally in total defense (314.73 yards allowed per game) and No. 23 in rushing defense (126.09) … Liberty led the league in rushing defense and held five opponents to less than 100 yards rushing in a game … Big South opponents averaged only 114.0 rushing yards per game and scored nine rushing touchdowns.

Walt Aikens, DB/Jr.
Started all 11 games at boundary corner … Liberty's top defensive back with 51 stops … tied for the Big South lead with three forced fumbles … ranks No. 5 in the Big South in passes defended (7) … 33 of his 51 stops came during Big South play … of his 33 tackles in Big South play, 26 were solo stops … No. 9 in the Big South in solo tackles … six games with five or more tackles, including three times against Big South teams … nine tackles, including seven solo stops and an interception against Gardner-Webb … led the team with six pass breakups … helped Liberty's defense finish the year ranked No. 19 nationally in total defense (314.73 yards allowed per game) and No. 32 in rushing defense (188.64) … Liberty held seven of 11 opponents to less than 200 yards passing in a game … Liberty allowed the second fewest passing touchdowns in the Big South (9).

John Lunsford, K/Fr.
Starting placekicker for nine games as a true freshman … missed two games (Presbyterian College and Concord) due to injury … ranked second on the team in points scored … ranked No. 3 in the Big South in scoring by kickers … ranked No. 4 in extra point  attempted and extra points made … ranked No. 2 in the Big South in field goals and No. 3 in field goal percentage … seven of his 12 field goal attempts were from 40 or more yards on the year (was 4-of-7 on those attempts) … three games with two field goals … averaged 63.3 yards per kickoff … 25 of his 40 kickoffs went for a touchback … named Big South Freshman of the Week after his first collegiate game against Wake Forest … two-time Big South Special Teams Player of the Week.

Grant Bowden, P/Jr.
Started all 11 games … ranks No. 2 in the Big South in punting average and No. 3 in total punts … finished the year averaging 40 or more yards per punt in six games … 18 of his 60 punts pinned the opponent inside the 20-yard line … of those 18 punts, 13 were against Big South teams … named Big South Special Teams Player of the Week after having a career day against Stony Brook that helped the Flames upset the nationally ranked Seawolves … averaged a season-best 44.3 yards per punt, had a career-long 57 yard punt and placed four punts inside the 20-yard line … three of his 10 punts against Stony Brook were 50 or more yards … was named Big South Special Teams Player of the Week the final two weeks of the regular season.