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Calvert and Hickson Receive Big South Weekly Honors

November 13, 2017  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Calvert and Hickson Receive Big South Weekly Honors

After helping the Flames post a win over Presbyterian on Saturday, Liberty's Stephen Calvert and Frankie Hickson were honored today by the Big South Conference.

Calvert was selected the Big South Offensive Player of the Week, while Hickson took home Big South Special Teams Player of the Week honors.

The pair helped the Flames secure a 47-28 victory over the Blue Hose during Military Appreciation Day, last Saturday. They also sent Liberty's 10-member senior class out with one last win at Williams Stadium.

Calvert posted his fifth 300-yard passing game of the season and seventh of his career. He finished the game completing 14-of-26 attempts for 311 yards and three touchdowns.The quarterback has averaged 321.5 passing yards per game in Big South play, having thrown 12 touchdowns in four conference games.

With his three touchdown passes against the Blue Hose, Calvert set a new single-season school record (27). He surpassed the previous record of 24 touchdown passes set by Phil Basso in 1984 and Robby Justino in 1990.

The native of Plantation, Fla., has finished the last 18 quarters of football without throwing an interception. His last interception was his final pass attempt during the second half against Kennesaw State on Oct. 14. During the 18-quarter span, Calvert has completed 90-of-170 pass attempts for 1,467 yards and 13 touchdowns.

This is the third time Calvert has been named Big South Offensive Player of the Week this season. He also took home the honor following the Baylor and Indiana State games.

Hickson finished the Presbyterian game with four kickoff returns for 118 yards. He helped jumpstart Liberty's offense with an 84-yard return to begin the game, setting up Liberty's first touchdown of the contest two plays later.

The 84-yard return was Liberty's longest of the season and the longest return for the Flames since Hickson had a 99-yard kickoff return against Kennesaw State in 2016.

The native of Lynchburg, Va., currently ranks second in the Big South in kickoff return average (21.0 yards per game) and fifth in all-purpose yards (90.1 yards per game).

The Flames will close out their final season of FCS football on Saturday when they travel to Charleston, S.C., to face Big South foe Charleston Southern. The contest kicks off at Noon from Buccaneer Field and will air on the College Football Down South TV network.