With Liberty having wrapped up its August Training Camp, LibertyFlames.com concludes its position previews today with a look at the Liberty's special teams units.
Today's interview with Special Teams Coordinator and Running Backs Coach Scott Downing and LFSN reporter Alan York was filmed following practice on Thursday.
At the time of the interview, the coaching staff was still evaluating its options in the kickoff and punt return games. Those positions should be determined when Flames Head Coach Turner Gill releases his post training camp depth chart on Tuesday.
While several players are still vying for roles in the return game positions, the other parts of Liberty's special teams units are set. Trey Turner (punter) and Hunter Winstead (long snapper) return for their third years as a starter, while freshman Alex Probert is slated to take over for John Lunsford as Liberty's new placekicker.
Probert comes to Liberty from Andover High School in Andover, Minn., where he was a four-year letterwinner. The 5-9 kicker has had some length on his kicks for several years now, setting a school record with a 46-yard field goal as a sophomore.
Nearly 80 percent of his kickoffs as a junior and senior resulted in a touchback. Probert was named the NWSCS Special Teams Player of the Year as a junior and West Metro Special Teams Player of the Year as a senior.
Turner is a two-time All-Big South honoree (first team in 2014 and second team in 2015). The rising junior has led the Big South in punting the last two seasons, averaging 41.5 yards per punt in 2014 and 40.3 yard per punt in 2015.
Winstead has also been a two-year starter at long snapper and earned All-Big South second team accolades as a sophomore. He has started 25 consecutive games and helped Turner lead the Big South in punting the last two seasons.
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