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Rocco Weekly Review: Elon

November 21, 2008  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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During this week’s review, Danny Rocco shared with the web site his thoughts regarding Liberty’s victory over Gardner-Webb and the Flames’ pending match-up with No. 12/14 Elon.

During this week's review, Danny Rocco shared with the web site his thoughts regarding Liberty's victory over Gardner-Webb and the Flames' pending match-up with No. 12/14 Elon.

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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 afternoon's match-up with Southern Conference foe Elon at Williams Stadium.

Below is a list of questions LibertyFlames.com asked Rocco, wrapping up comments from the Flames' 20-point victory over Gardner-Webb last weekend, celebrating the squad's second straight Big South title and the team's pending match-up with No. 12/14 Elon in a game that certainly will have FCS Playoff ramifications:

1. How pleased were you with your team's performance last week, wrapping up a second straight Big South Conference undefeated season with a resounding defeat of Gardner-Webb?
2. After the year is over and you are able to look back on this year's Big South championship season, how do you think it will compare to last year's championship run in terms of which one was more difficult and the different challenges each presented?
3. Last week, we saw the return of Zach Terrell to the Flames' line-up, as the senior led the squad in rushing after Rashad Jennings' injury. How does it change your team's offense when you are able to have both Jennings and Terrell in the line-up at the same time or just in the same game?
4. After struggling the week prior in the statistical category, Liberty returned to its success on third-down plays by converting on 7-of-13 opportunities. How have the Flames, who currently lead the nation in third-down conversions, been able to consistently move the ball on third down plays this year?
5. Your offense continued to roll last week with another 30-plus point game against Gardner-Webb, but it was your defense who really seemed to rise to the occasion, recording a season-best five turnovers and four sacks. How pleased where you with their performance in the win?
6. Last week's victory not only wrapped up another Big South Conference title, but it also allowed Liberty to tie the program record for victories in a season. How meaningful is it to be able to know that this year's team is one of the best in program history?
7. Now onto this week's match-up with Elon, which goes without saying, is one of the more important games in both program's history. What would it mean for Liberty to win the game and give itself a chance at a playoff berth in terms of your goals coming into the season?
8. Elon comes into the game ranked No. 12 nationally, giving the Flames their second match-up this year against a Top 25 program. How much does it help your team to be able to look back at the Youngstown State game to know they can pick up wins over the nation's best teams?
9. A lot has changed for both programs since the last time Elon and Liberty faced off last year on Sept. 22 at Elon. What is different about both teams since then and what have the Flames learned over the 18 games that separate the two match-ups?
10. The game not only features two of the nation's top teams, but it also matches up a pair of Walter Payton Award candidates in Liberty's Rashad Jennings and Elon's Terrell Hudgins. How special is it to see two of the country's top two players squad off on the same field of play?

Expectation are high for the pending match-up between the Flames and the Phoenix, as the two teams square off in a game which will certainly have the eye of the FCS nation. Both teams came into the 2008 campaign with hopes of securing their first-ever FCS Playoff berth. A win on Saturday could just be the final statement the FCS Playoff Selection Committee needs to see, giving either program the push to make the prestigious 16-team field.