Following the conclusion of the 2016 football season, LFSN reporter Alan York had a chance to talk with Flames Offensive Coordinator Joe Dailey.
The 2016 season marked the first for Dailey overseeing Liberty's entire offense after spending his first four seasons with the Flames as Passing Game Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach.
Liberty's young offense was guided by Stephen Calvert, a true freshman, who took over the starting role midway through the season. Calvert led the Flames to five of their six wins and his passing yards rank as the third highest total by a freshman in school history (1,931 yards).
The most significant losses on offense heading into 2017 will be the graduation of wide receiver Dante' Shells and tight end Kendall Couamin. The pair combined to record nine of Liberty's 18 receiving touchdowns in 2016. In addition, Shells became the seventh player in program history to finish his career with 2,000 passing yards (2,061).
Liberty had 13 of its players earn All-Big South honors in 2016, tying Charleston Southern for the most all-conference honorees. The Buccaneers led all schools in the Big South with eight first-team honorees, while the Flames had the largest grouping of second-team selections.
Liberty's All-Big South first-team selections include: Shells (Sr., WR), Juwan Wells (So., DL), Nick Newman (Sr., LB), Alex Probert (Fr., K), Trey Turner (Jr., P) and Hunter Winstead (Jr., LS).
The Flames All-Big South second-team honorees include: Couamin (Sr., TE), Lucas Holder (Jr., OL), Dontae Duff (R-Fr., OL), Dexter Robbins (Sr., LB), Chris Turner (So., DB), Alpha Jalloh (Sr., DB) and Frankie Hickson (R-Fr., KS).
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