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Three Former Flames Receive NFL Opportunities

May 5, 2015  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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(L-R): Jacob Hagen, Dominique Davis and Kenny Scott have each been given opportunities to continue their careers in the NFL.

(L-R): Jacob Hagen, Dominique Davis and Kenny Scott have each been given opportunities to continue their careers in the NFL.

Following last weekend's NFL Draft, former Flames football standouts Dominique Davis, Jacob Hagen and Kenny Scott have been given opportunities to continue their careers at the professional level.

Davis signed a free agent contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Hagen inked a free agent deal with the St. Louis Rams. Scott has accepted an invitation to an Indianapolis Colts minicamp tryout.

Davis had a banner senior season for the Flames in 2014, earning All-Big South first-team honors. He started all 14 games for Liberty at defensive tackle, ranking fifth on the team and first among defensive linemen in tackles (62).

The native of Buffalo, N.Y., ranked third in the Big South with 7.5 sacks and fifth in tackles for a loss (12.0). He also ranked fourth in the conference with two forced fumbles.

Hagen, an All-Big South first-team honoree the last two seasons, was named to the Associated Press, FCS ADA, Sports Network and Walter Camp Foundation FCS All-America teams following the 2014 season.

He was named the FCS ADA Top Collegiate Defensive Back and finished seventh in the voting for the Buck Buchanan Award (top FCS defensive player in the country).

Hagen was named the 2014 VaSID Co-Defensive Player of the Year in the Commonwealth of Virginia. He was also one of 11 Flames named to the VaSID all-state teams.

Hagen led the Flames in 2014 with 108 tackles, including a team-best 69 solo tackles. The senior also paced Liberty with four forced fumbles and had a 27-yard fumble return for a touchdown during Liberty's season opener at North Carolina.

The native of Orange Park, Fla., finished the year with eight interceptions, topping all FCS players in the country. One of his eight interceptions came in overtime at Appalachian State, sealing Liberty's third victory over an FBS program in program history.

Hagen finished his Liberty career with 245 tackles (158 solo, 87 assisted), the most by a Flames defender since the 2008 season.

Scott finished his senior season ranked third on the team in tackles, recording a career-best 64 stops in 2014 (46 solo, 18 assisted).

He also finished the year with a career-high 11 passes defended, with three interceptions and eight pass breakups. Scott's most memorable pass breakup came against No. 15 James Madison, stopping a potential game-winning touchdown pass on the Dukes' final drive during the first round of the NCAA FCS Playoffs.

Scott tied for team-high honors during his senior season with three fumble recoveries. Two of his three fumble recoveries came during Liberty's win at Appalachian State, the Flames' third win over an FBS program. He returned his second fumble recovery against the Mountaineers 39 yards for a touchdown, giving the Appomattox, Va., native his first career touchdown.

Scott finished his career with 45 games played, including 26 career starts. During his career, he recorded 163 career tackles (113 solo, 50 assisted), 16 passes defended, six interceptions and five fumble recoveries.

The trio of Flames helped Liberty win three Big South titles (2012, 2013 and 2014) and played a large part in Liberty's first-ever NCAA FCS Playoff appearance in 2014.

The Flames closed out the 2014 season with an upset win over No. 1 Coastal Carolina, 15-14, followed by upending No. 15 James Madison in the NCAA FCS Playoffs first round.

Liberty finished the season ranked No. 17 in both the Sports Network and FCS Coaches polls following a 9-5 campaign, the second-highest win total in program history.