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Rise With Us: Frankie Hickson

April 27, 2018  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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2018 Football Season Tickets

With the spring football season now behind the Flames, the Liberty Football program has turned its full attention to the 2018 season, the program's first at the FBS level.

During the next several weeks, LibertyFlames.com will run a series of interviews with coaches, players and school administrators talking about Liberty's FBS transition process.

Frankie Hickson is a two-time Big South all-conference selection (2016 and 2017 – second team/ kickoff return specialist). He ranked second in the Big South in kickoff return average (21.4 yards per return) and total kickoff returns (27) in 2017. He also ranked second on Liberty's roster in rushing yards (375), rushing attempts (100) and rushing touchdowns (2).

Hickson helped Liberty kicked off its two-year FBS transition process in grand style when the Flames posted a 48-45 win at Baylor on Sept. 2, 2017. The stunning victory was ranked as the seventh biggest upset in college football over the last 25 years in an article on ESPN.com (Sept. 6, 2017).

Hickson finished the contest with eight rushing attempts for 17 yards, while returning two kickoffs for a total of 44 yards. Hickson enters his redshirt junior season as Liberty's most experienced running back, having rushed for 825 yards and six touchdowns in 22 career games played. He also has recorded 55 career kickoff returns for 1,284 yards (23.3 average) and needs just one more return to crack Liberty's career top-five listing in total kickoff returns.  

Rise With Us: The Process

On Feb. 16, 2017, the NCAA approved Liberty's waiver request to begin the two-year FBS reclassification process. Liberty completed its final season as a FCS program in 2017, playing as a member of the Big South Conference.

During the 2018 season, Liberty will compete as a FBS independent program and will not be eligible for postseason competition. At the conclusion of the two-year transition process, Liberty will be a full-fledged FBS program in 2019, which will include the opportunity to compete for bowl game appearances.

The Flames will host their first FBS home game against Old Dominion on Sept. 1, 2018, the first of four FBS teams to visit Williams Stadium in 2018 to meet the FBS reclassification criteria. The 2018 home schedule also features FBS matchups against North Texas (Sept. 22), Troy (Oct. 13) and New Mexico State (Nov. 24).

Fans who purchased season tickets by the priority deadline of May 15 will have priority for seat assignments. For more information about becoming a season ticket holder, please contact the Flames Ticket Office at (434) 582-SEAT (7328) or tickets@liberty.edu.

Fans can support Liberty Football and enjoy special game-day privileges by joining the Flames Club. The Flames Club exists to underwrite Liberty Athletics' three-fold mission to train Champions for Christ, provide a world-class student-athlete experience and achieve victory with integrity.

Flames Club membership starts at just $60 and members can enjoy preferred parking, seating and pregame hospitality benefits, based upon membership level.

For more information about west (red) reserved benchback seats, west (blue) premium chairback seats, west club seats or future loge box seats, call 434-582-CLUB (2582), email FlamesClub@liberty.edu, or visit www.LibertyFlames.com/FlamesClub.

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