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3 Named to STATS FCS Preseason All-America Team

July 31, 2017  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Hunter Winstead (57), Alex Probert (10) and Juwan Wells (54) were named to the 2017 STATS FCS Preseason All-America Team.

Hunter Winstead (57), Alex Probert (10) and Juwan Wells (54) were named to the 2017 STATS FCS Preseason All-America Team.

The day prior to Liberty opening its preseason training camp, three Flames were named to the 2017 STATS FCS Preseason All-America Team.

Long snapper Hunter Winstead was named to the second team, while defensive lineman Juwan Wells and kicker Alex Probert were both third team honorees. The trio of players all received postseason All-America honors in 2016.

Liberty's three honorees were among the seven Big South players who were named to the STATS FCS Preseason All-America Team.

Joining Liberty's selections were first team honorees Anthony Ellis (DL/Charleston Southern) and Mike Basile (DB/Monmouth), second team selection Solomon Brown (LB/Charleston Southern) and third team member Frank Cirone (OL/Charleston Southern).

Winstead was a 2016 STATS FCS All-America third team honoree. The three-year starter finished the last two seasons with a 100.0 percent snap rating. He also recorded two assisted tackles in 2016, giving him six for his Liberty career.

Winstead, a native of Raleigh, N.C., has worked side by side with punter Trey Turner, helping Turner earn All-Big South honors the last two seasons. Turner finished second in the Big South in punting last year after leading the conference as a freshman and sophomore. Turner ranked No. 37 in the country in punting in 2016, averaging 41.0 yards per punt.

Wells was named to the 2016 HERO Sports FCS Sophomore All-America squad. He had a breakout season for the Flames, leading the team with a career-best 79 tackles. He ranked third in the Big South in total tackles and finished the season fifth in the Big South in tackles for a loss (11.0) and fourth in sacks (5.5).

The 2016 All-Big South first team honoree has recorded 18.5 tackles for a loss and 10.5 sacks during his first two years at Liberty. The native of Dublin, Ga., also finished last season with a team-best nine pass breakups and posted four double-digit tackle efforts.

Probert finished his first year at Liberty as an honorable mention selection to the 2016 HERO Sports FCS Freshman All-America team. He finished last year with 78 points, the most by a freshman in school history.

The native of Andover, Minn., earned All-Big South first team honors after leading the Big South and ranking No. 10 in the country in field goals per game (1.36). Probert was named to the Jerry Rice Award Watch List, which honors the top FCS freshman in the country, and finished in 17th place in the award's final voting.

Liberty will begin its preseason training camp on Tuesday, holding its first team practice of the year from 9:20 to 11:45 a.m. The Flames will open the season at Baylor on Sept. 2 and welcome Morehead State to Williams Stadium for their home opener on Sept. 9.

2017 STATS FCS PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA TEAM
FIRST TEAM

OFFENSE
QB - Jeremiah Briscoe, senior, 6-3, 220, Sam Houston State
RB - Chase Edmonds, senior, 5-9, 210, Fordham
RB - Elijah Ibitokun-Hanks, junior, 5-9, 199, Albany
FB - Joe Protheroe, senior, 6-0, 225, Cal Poly
WR - Justin Watson, senior, 6-3, 210, Penn                 
WR - Jake Wieneke, senior, 6-4, 215, South Dakota State
TE - Dallas Goedert, senior, 6-5, 250, South Dakota State
OL - Justin Lea, senior, 6-4, 290, Jacksonville State
OL - Jacob Ohnesorge, senior, 6-3, 285, South Dakota State
OL - Brandon Parker, senior, 6-7, 299, North Carolina A&T
OL - Timon Parris, senior, 6-5, 310, Stony Brook
OL - Aaron Stinnie, senior, 6-5, 290, James Madison

DEFENSE
DL - Pat Afriyie, senior, 6-2, 235, Colgate
DL - Anthony Ellis, senior, 6-1, 245, Charleston Southern
DL - P.J. Hall, senior, 6-1, 280, Sam Houston State
DL - Darius Jackson, senior, 6-3, 237, Jacksonville State
LB - Nick DeLuca, senior, 6-3, 248, North Dakota State
LB - Darius Leonard, senior, 6-3, 220, South Carolina State
LB - Christian Rozeboom, sophomore, 6-2, 220, South Dakota State
LB - Brett Taylor, senior, 6-2, 230, Western Illinois
DB - Mike Basile, senior, 6-1, 200, Monmouth
DB - Marlon Bridges, sophomore, 6-1, 210, Jacksonville State
DB - Cole Reyes, senior, 6-2, 215, North Dakota
DB - Rob Rolle, senior, 6-0, 190, Villanova

SPECIAL TEAMS
PK - Lane Clark, senior, 5-11, 170, Tennessee State
P - Ian Berryman, junior, 6-0, 205, Western Carolina
LS - James Fisher, senior, 6-2, 216, North Dakota State
KR - John Santiago, junior, 5-9, 180, North Dakota
PR - Khris Gardin, senior, 5-7, 165, North Carolina A&T
AP - John Lovett, senior, 6-3, 225, Princeton

SECOND TEAM

OFFENSE
QB - Gage Gubrud, junior, 6-2, 195, Eastern Washington
RB - Corey Avery, senior, 5-10, 190, Sam Houston State
RB - Detrez Newsome, senior, 5-10, 210, Western Carolina
FB - Anthony Manzo-Lewis, senior, 6-2, 245, Albany
WR - Emmanuel Butler, senior, 6-3, 210, Northern Arizona
WR - Kamron Lewis, junior, 6-4, 195, Saint Francis
WR - Troy Pelletier, senior, 6-3, 205, Lehigh
TE - Andrew Vollert, senior, 6-5, 245, Weber State
OL - Daniel Cooney, junior, 6-8, 315, San Diego
OL - Ben Huss, senior, 6-2, 307, Duquesne
OL - Jacob Judd, senior, 6-3, 300, Western Illinois
OL - Stockton Mallet, senior, 6-3, 307, Central Arkansas
OL - Skyler Phillips, senior, 6-2, 322, Idaho State

DEFENSE
DL - Andrew Ankrah, senior, 6-4, 234, James Madison
DL - Miles Brown, junior, 6-1, 310, Wofford
DL - Kurt Holuba, senior, 6-4, 270, Princeton
DL - Greg Menard, senior, 6-2, 239, North Dakota State
DL - Ebenezer Ogundeko, senior, 6-3, 255, Tennessee State
LB - Solomon Brown, junior, 6-1, 220, Charleston Southern
LB - Garrett Dolan, senior, 6-2, 240, Houston Baptist
LB - Jared Farley, senior, 5-11, 221, Northern Iowa
LB - Shaheed Salmon, senior, 6-1, 226, Samford
DB - Tre Dempsey, senior, 5-10, 179, North Dakota State
DB - Kahlid Hagens, senior, 6-3, 200, UT Martin
DB - Davontae Harris, senior, 6-0, 200, Illinois State
DB - Tremon Smith, senior, 6-0, 186, Central Arkansas
DB - Kailik Williams, senior, 5-11, 185, The Citadel

SPECIAL TEAMS

PK - Griffin Trau, junior, 5-8, 180, Richmond
P - Keith Wrzuszczak, senior, 5-11, 202, Eastern Kentucky
LS - Hunter Winstead, senior, 6-0, 240, Liberty
KR - Shane Simpson, sophomore, 5-9, 185, Towson
PR - Londell Lee, senior, 6-2, 210, UT Martin
AP - Harold Cooper, senior, 5-9, 183, Rhode Island

TTHIRD TEAM

OFFENSE
QB - Taryn Christion, junior, 6-2, 215, South Dakota State
QB - Devlin Hodges, junior, 6-1, 213, Samford
RB - Dom Bragalone, junior, 5-11, 215, Lehigh
RB - Anthony Philyaw, senior, 6-1, 205, Howard
RB - Deontez Thompson, sophomore, 6-0, 200, Richmond
FB - Kane Louscher, senior, 6-2, 245, South Dakota State
WR - Yedidiah Louis, senior, 5-8, 187, Sam Houston State
WR - Patrick Smith, senior, 6-0, 190, Tennessee State
TE - Jonathan Kloosterman, senior, 6-3, 245, James Madison
OL - Frank Cirone, senior, 6-3, 280, Charleston Southern
OL - Jamil Demby, senior, 6-5, 310, Maine
OL - Chris Durant, senior, 6-4, 310, William & Mary
OL - Justin Spencer, senior, 6-5, 305, Youngstown State
OL - Tyler Tezeno, senior, 6-4, 317, Sam Houston State

DEFENSE
DL - Abdullah Anderson, senior, 6-4, 295, Bucknell
DL - Keontre Anderson, senior, 6-3, 240, Jackson State
DL - Jonathan Petersen, senior, 6-1, 230, San Diego
DL - Jay-Tee Tiuli, senior, 6-4, 315, Eastern Washington
DL - Juwan Wells, junior, 6-2, 255, Liberty
LB - Mac Bignell, senior, 6-1, 205, Montana State
LB - George Odum, senior, 6-2, 190, Central Arkansas
LB - Chad Meredith, senior, 6-4, 244, Southeast Missouri
LB - Dale Warren, junior, 6-0, 215, Chattanooga
DB - Raven Greene, senior, 6-0, 200, James Madison
DB - Robbie Grimsley, junior, 6-0, 183, North Dakota State
DB - Danny Johnson, senior, 5-10, 195, Southern
DB - Taron Johnson, senior, 6-0, 180, Weber State
DB - Omari Williams, senior, 6-1, 190, Samford

SPECIAL TEAMS
PK - Alex Probert, sophomore, 5-9, 170, Liberty

P - Jacob DeMaio, senior, 6-5, 205, Weber State
LS - Danny Garza, senior, 6-0, 230, Houston Baptist
KR - Deion Holliman, senior, 5-9, 188, Missouri State
PR - Terry Wallen, senior, 5-11, 182, Drake
AP - Justice Shelton-Mosley, junior, 5-10, 195, Harvard