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Behind the Numbers with the Flames

October 31, 2008  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Today’s Behind the Numbers segment gives us a chance to get up close and personal with Kevin Richard, Mario Cosby, Paul Young and Larry Claiborne.

Today's Behind the Numbers segment gives us a chance to get up close and personal with Kevin Richard, Mario Cosby, Paul Young and Larry Claiborne.

Have you ever sat up in the stands at Williams Stadium and wondered what No. 13's favorite movie is or what songs No. 34 listens to on his iPod prior to kickoff earlier in the day?

Well, LibertyFlames.com is here to give fans a further glimpse into the players behind the numbered jerseys in this season-long campaign where the web site gives you a look at the players within the program.

The Behind the Numbers with the Flames segment will run weekly throughout the year, giving Flames fans further insight into their favorite players off the gridiron. Each Friday, the web site will feature the answers from players, as they were asked to ponder life's more "difficult" questions upon returning to training camp this fall.

Today, LibertyFlames.com will reveal its player questionnaire responses from defense lineman Kevin Richard, offensive lineman Mario Cosby, placekicker Paul Young and defensive back Larry Claiborne.

Kevin Richard (KR)
Mario Cosby (MC)
Paul Young (PY)
Larry Claiborne (LC)

1. What is your favorite Bible verse and why?
KR – Psalm 91, because God is on my side
MC – Philippians 2:13-14
PY – John 2, where Jesus performed his first miracle by turning water into wine.
LC – John 3:16, because it was the first Bible verse I learned and I've learned to appreciate the meaning.

2. What is your favorite movie and why?
KR – Bravehart, two words "William Wallace."
MC – 300, because of the intense fight scenes.
PY – Princess Bride, because it has lots of action, and it's a classic.
LC – Shawshank Redemption, because it's just a great movie.

3. What is your favorite memory while competing in your sport?
KR – Winning the Big South for the first time.
MC – Falling on a fumble in the end zone in high school.
PY – Last year against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, I kicked a game winning with just a few seconds left on the clock.
LC – There are too many to narrow them down to one.

4. What is your most embarrassing memory while competing in your sport?
KR – I was chasing the quarterback one time and I completely fell down.
MC – When I first moved to center, and I snapped the ball over the quarterback's head every day.
PY – Last year, when I missed a potential game winner field goal against Nevada.
LC – I guess getting run over by a fullback.

5. I came to Liberty because …
KR – I love the school, and I wanted to play football.
MC – I wanted to play football.
PY – I want to win a championship ring, break records and have a chance to make it to the NFL.
LC – It's a great place to start your adult life.

6. Share something that people don't know about you or makes you unique from others.
KR – I'm a southpaw.
MC – I'm the smallest player on our offensive line.
PY – I am very driven and very lucky.
LC – I hate mustard.

7. What has been your defining moment as an athlete?
KR – Getting my first collegiate sack on a fourth down play.
MC – Getting a scholarship to play collegiate football.
PY – Hitting the game winner against Army while I was at Fork Union.
LC – I don't think it has come yet.

8. My first car was …
KR – a 1981 Chevy Custom Deluxe, with a '76 rebuilt small block 400 engine (it was called the Hulk).
MC – a 2004 Dodge Stratus.
PY – a Honda Civic.

9. If you could be somebody else for a day, who would you be and why?
KR – The President of the United States, because everyone has an opinion of what he should do and I want to know what his job is like.
PY – Bruce Wayne
LC – No one, because I'm happy being myself.

10. Who is your favorite Liberty athlete?
KR – Barry Rice (former football player)
MC – Bryan Mosier, because I've seen the man stuff eight brownies in his mouth.
PY – Me
LC – Anthony Smith

11. What is the best advice you have ever been given?
KR – Don't be late
MC – Never give up
PY – You aren't working hard enough
LC – Never give up

12. If you could change one rule in your sport, what would it be and why?
KR – The off sides rule. If there was no off sides rule, you could make a lot more tackles, because you would already be behind the line of scrimmage.
MC – No holding penalty
PY – Move the kickoff mark back to the 35-yard line.
LC – None, because then it would not be football.

13. After graduation I would like to …
KR – finish seminary.
PY – go on to play in the NFL or join the military.
LC – travel the world.

14. When I have an hour of free time, I like to …
KR – I don't get many, so when I do, I like to lay down on the couch.
MC – play video games.
PY – play Texas hold ‘em.
LC – sleep.

15. Words that describe me on the athletic field (and why) are …
KR – A big, big gorilla (according to Christ Rocco)
MC – quick and smart.
PY – very competitive, because I hate to lose.
LC – natural and competitive.

16. If you could compete in any sport against any athlete, who would it be and why?
MC – To play basketball and block Shaquille O'Neal shot.
PY – Soccer against David Beckham, just to see his skills first hand.
LC – Basketball against LeBron James, because he is the best basketball player ever.

17. My craziest ambition in life is to …
KR – learn to play the bag pipes.
MC – To record an interception, but I never will because I play on offense.
PY – be President of the United States.
LC – adopt a kid of every race.

18. Do you have any pre-game rituals?
KR – sit, relax and prep my mind.
MC – None
PY – I pray and go over everything in my head.

19. If you could have dinner with three people throughout history, who would they be and why?
KR – Alexander the Great, Winston Churchill and Ronald Reagan, because they were all good leaders.
MC – Gnarls Barkley and Bill Cosby
PY – George Washington, Napoleon and Michael Jordan
LC – Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali, because they all stood for what they believed in.

20. A place I've always wanted to visit, but never had the chance is (and why)?
KR – Europe, but have you seen how much a plane ticket cost to get over there?
MC – Hawaii
PY – Brazil
LC – Puerto Rico, because it looks like fun on the commercials.

21. I choose my uniform number because …
KR – it was given to me.
MC – It was given to me.
PY – it was given to me.
LC – no one at my high school ever wore it.

22. What are four or five things you could not live without?
KR – Bible, steak, women, best buds and family
MC – Video games, food, the internet and football
PY – Food, friends, sports, family and females
LC – Girls, family, cars, food and sleep

23. My personal goals this season are …
KR – beat Colin Dugan for most tackles among the defensive lineman.
PY – Earn all-conference honors, be the best kicker in the state, be an All-American and be perfect.
LC – To help my team as much as possible.

24. What sets football apart as a sport and makes it appealing to you?
KR – It is organized chaos.
PY – When there is a football game, it is an event that many people get involved with.
LC – It's a physical, competitive sport where you can hit each other for fun.

25. If I won a million dollars, I would …
KR – be a happy man, and I would get a sweet customized chopper bike.
MC – put a down payment on a spaceship.
PY – invest it.
LC – buy a big house.

26. What cartoon character are you most like (and why)?
PY – Johnny Bravo

27. If someone would look at the songs on my iPod, I would be embarrassed for them to see I have this song …
KR – Bubbly, by Colby Caillat
MC – The Gnarls Barkley album
LC – None really, I'm pretty comfortable with what I listen to.

28. The first thing people notice about me when they meet me is …
KR – I'm tall.
MC – how small I am for a lineman.
PY – tall, white, funny and good looking.
LC – my smile.

29. When you were a little child, what did you want to be "when you grew up" and are you pursuing it still as a career/profession after graduation?
KR – No, because I wanted to be a fireman.
MC – No, because I wanted to be an astronaut and I'm far from it.
PY – Yes, because I wanted to be a professional athlete.
LC – I always wanted to be a huge corporate boss and own a lot of businesses, so yes, as I am still pursuing that dream.

30. If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?
KR – Fly, because I could go anywhere I want.
MC – To be able to teleport myself from place to place, because I hate driving sometimes.
PY – Fly
LC – Super fast speed, because I always wanted to be really fast.