As part of its coverage of Liberty's August Training Camp, LibertyFlames.com begins its position previews today talking about the Flames' SPUR position.
Flames Head Coach Turner Gill started to utilize the hybrid linebacker-safety position a few years ago when he transitioned Liberty's defense to a 4-2-5 defensive scheme. Following Wednesday's workout, Gill announced an official position coach for the group, as the SPUR position will be under the direction of Aaron Wilkins in 2018.
Four players currently hold down the SPUR position distinction on Liberty's roster: Ceneca Espinoza, Jr. (R-So.), Marcellous Harris (Fr.), Lionell Johnson (R-So.) and Aaron Pierre (R-Fr.). However, several of Liberty's current safeties, like redshirt junior Rion Davis, could also see time at this position.
Espinoza is the lone player in the SPUR group with returning experience. Last year, he played in all 11 games of the season and got the start at the SPUR position during Liberty's season finale at Charleston Southern. The native of Arlington, Va., finished the year with 27 tackles, including 20 solo stops.
Fans will have their first chance to see Liberty's 2018 squad on Saturday, Aug. 11, when Liberty holds its annual Flames Fan Fest event. Click here for more information about the scrimmage and autographic session.
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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.
The Flames will host their first FBS home game against Old Dominion on Sept. 1, 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).
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