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Rocco Weekly Review: Youngstown State

September 26, 2008  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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During this week's Rocco Weekly Review, head coach Danny Rocco talks about Liberty's match-up with No. 23 Youngstown State.

During this week's Rocco Weekly Review, head coach Danny Rocco talks about Liberty's match-up with No. 23 Youngstown State.

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As the web site did last year, LibertyFlames.com met with head football coach Danny Rocco following Thursday's afternoon practice to get a final update on the team's preparation for its Saturday night match-up against Youngstown State in Youngstown, Ohio.

Below is a list of questions LibertyFlames.com asked Rocco, addressing both the team's performance during the idle week last week and how the team prepared for its upcoming road game against the Penguins:

1. Overall, were you pleased with your team's focus and development during the idle week last week?
2. Did you and your coaching staff take advantage of the idle week by trying to work on some different areas that a normal game week would not allow?
3. Did the idle week allow some of the players in your program to heal from some of the injuries which have occurred during training camp and the first three weeks of the year?
4. With the idle week behind them, is your team ready for the challenges that await them during the remaining nine regular-season contests in this season of Unfinished Business?
5. Saturday's game is a showdown between two Top 25 programs, which should draw the attention of the national FCS audience. Besides a victory, what are you hoping to gain from this game with regards to reaching out the national scene?
6. Youngstown State comes into the game off an impressive victory over No. 2 North Dakota State last week. Did the victory help get the attention of your players and show them how solid a program Youngstown State is?
7. Saturday's game pits a multifaceted running attack by Youngstown State against one of the nation's better rushing defenses. What areas do the Flames need to focus on in order to stop Youngstown State's rushing attack?
8. How important is this game in terms of the program's goal of making a potential playoff run in 2008, especially going against a program with such a rich postseason history like Youngstown State?
9. Stambaugh Stadium is a daunting FCS atmosphere, much like Williams Stadium has quickly become. Do you think it will help your program having played several games already this season in front of crowds larger than 10,000 fans?
10. Dominic Bolden has quickly become one of the Flames go-to scorers this year, as he is ranked No. 13 nationally in scoring per game. Are you pleased with his development so far and can fans expect to see more points scored by such an explosive player the rest of the year?

The Flames will be putting the nation's second-longest FCS winning streak to the test on Saturday when they take to the road to face Youngstown State. The match-up with No. 23 Penguins will be the middle game of a three-game road swing before Liberty returns to Williams Stadium to host Big South newcomer Stony Brook on Oct. 11.