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Hursky and Special Teams Honored By Big South

November 24, 2008  Lynchburg, Va  RSS
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Dominic Bolden's 74-yard punt return for a touchdown was one of many highlights for the Flmaes' special teams unit on Saturday.

Dominic Bolden's 74-yard punt return for a touchdown was one of many highlights for the Flmaes' special teams unit on Saturday.

For the second straight week, Nick Hursky was named the Big South's Defensive Player of the Week, as announced by the league today. Joining Hursky was Liberty's entire special teams unit, as the group was tabbed the final Special Teams Player of the Week.

On Saturday, Liberty capped off one of best seasons in program history, when the Flames knocked off No. 12/14 Elon with a resounding 26-3 victory at Williams Stadium.

The win, which marked the highest ranked opponent Liberty has beaten, gave the Flames a 10-2 record, making this year's squad the only team in program history to reach the 10-win plateau.

For the third straight game and the 15th time in his career, Hursky (Sr., LB, Carnegie, Pa.) finished a game in double figures, leading the Flames with 12 stops. The performance marked the fifth time the senior has led the Flames in tackles in a game this year, and helped him set a new season career high, as he ended the year with 97 stops.

Liberty's special teams unit was responsible for 20 of the Flames' 26 points on Saturday, while keeping the Phoenix from adding three to its side of the scoreboard.

Matt Bevins (Fr., K, Newport News, Va.) tallied 12 of those points, knocking down all four of his field goal attempts. The rookie hit one from each kicking ranging, sending kicks of 18, 27, 35 and 44 yards through the uprights against Elon.

For the second time this year, Dominic Bolden (Sr., WR/RS, Orlando, Fla.) returned a punt for a touchdown, doing so to open the second quarter with ah 74-yarder, marking the sixth longest in program history.

Ben Shipps (Fr., K, Venice, Fla.), who was last week's Big South Freshman of the Week, ran his streak of consecutive PATs to 14 straight, adding single points to Liberty's lead after the Flames' pair of touchdowns.

On the flipside, Liberty's defensive effort on special teams played just as big of a factor in the Flames' victory. Elon tried to trim the Flames' lead back to 10 points, when the Phoenix lined up for 28-yard field goal attempt on their second drive of the third quarter.

However, Andrew Wilcox's kick was blocked by Trey Jacobs (Jr., DL, Columbia, S.C.), marking the lineman's second block of the season.

On the year, Liberty captured three defensive Player of the Week honors, while taking home four such Special Teams Player of the Weeks accolades.