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Football Position Previews: Safeties

August 10, 2018  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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As part of its coverage of Liberty's August Training Camp, continues its position previews today talking about the Flames' safeties position.

When Flames Head Coach Turner Gill converted his defense to a 4-2-5 defensive scheme, the Liberty's safeties started to have an even more important role on the squad. The position group works hand-in-hand with the recently defined SPUR positon and is under the direct supervision of Defensive Coordinator Robert Wimberly.

The Flames have seven players on their roster listed at the safety position, including two of the more experienced defensive players on Liberty's squad in redshirt junior Rion Davis and redshirt senior Corbin Jackson. The two have played in a combined 52 games for Liberty and had tallied 198 total tackles (Jackson – 128 tackles [82 solo, 46 assisted], Davis – 70 tackles [42 solo, 28 assisted]).

Adding depth at the position this year will be Elijah Benton, who played in all 11 games in 2017 with 31 tackles (21 solo, nine assisted), along with junior college transfer Cheapell Morris, who signed in December and is transferring from Sierra College in Rocklin, Calif.

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.

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.

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).

In the event that Liberty is invited to the AutoNation Cure Bowl, Flames Club members will have priority for tickets and other associated events and privileges.

Fans can support Liberty Football by joining the Flames Club, which 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 the Flames Club, please call 434-582-CLUB (2582) or email

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