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Football Position Previews: Special Teams

August 15, 2018  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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As part of its coverage of Liberty's August Training Camp, LibertyFlames.com continues its position previews today talking about the Flames' special teams positions.

The Flames' various special teams units have provided an area of strength for Liberty in recent years. This group includes a four-time all-conference punter, an all-league return specialist and an All-America kicker and long snapper.

Maintaining that  stability for Liberty in the kicking game will be junior Alex Probert. The two-year starter earned all-conference honors in 2016 and 2017, plus was named to the HERO Sports FCS Freshman All-America honorable mention teams in 2016. Last year, he finished the season hitting 70.0 percent of his field goal attempts (14-of-20) and led the team in scoring (80 points), thanks to knocking down 38-of-42 extra point attempts.

The Flames will be looking to replace the two other standouts in the kicking game following the graduation of punter Trey Turner and long snapper Hunter Winstead. Turner will be replaced by redshirt freshman Aidan Alves, who learned under Turner in 2017, while freshman Austin Mock or redshirt senior David King will battle for the long snapper role.

Liberty returns six of the seven players who factored into the return game in 2017, led by Frankie Hickson and DJ Stubbs. Hickson earned all-conference honors in both 2016 and 2017 and averaged 21.4 yards per kickoff return, last year. Stubbs recorded 17 of the Flames' 18 punt returns in 2017, averaging 6.8 yards per attempt.

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 FlamesClub@liberty.edu.

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