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Four Flames Take Home All-America Honors

January 7, 2009  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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(from left to right) Dominic Bolden, Mike Godsil, Rashad Jennings and Dan Pope have each garnered All-America honors, as announced by the Sports Network and the College Sporting News.

(from left to right) Dominic Bolden, Mike Godsil, Rashad Jennings and Dan Pope have each garnered All-America honors, as announced by the Sports Network and the College Sporting News.

Sports Network All-America teams

College Sporting News Fabulous Fifty Division I FCS All-America team

All-America honors continue to roll in for Liberty running back Rashad Jennings, while three of his teammates were recognized along with him when two additional postseason football teams were announced earlier this week.

Jennings (Sr., Forest, Va.), who finished eighth in this year's Walter Payton Award voting and was named a first-team All-American by the Associated Press and the Walter Camp Football Foundation, was one of two Flames named to the 2008 Fabulous Fifty Division I FCS All-America team.

Jennings was joined by long snapper Dan Pope (Sr., Palm City, Fla.) on the first-team All-America squad, which is selected by the College Sporting News.

This marks Pope's second straight appearance on the Fabulous Fifty listing and the first for Jennings. All in all, 36 FCS programs were represented on the 50-player list, with Liberty being one of 11 programs to have multiple selections.

On Tuesday, the Sports Network released its All-America teams, which featured Jennings, along with return specialist Dominic Bolden and center Mike Godsil.

Jennings was one of two running backs selected to the first team, along with the nation's leading runner, Herb Donaldson from Western Illinois. Jennings finished his senior year rushing for 1,500 yards and 17 touchdowns, establishing new program and Big South records with both marks.

Bolden (Sr., Orlando, Fla.) was named to the third-team listing as a punt returner. A second-team Big South punt returner selection, the senior was one of eight players nationally with two or more punts returned for a touchdown in 2008.

Bolden notched a pair of scoring returns last season, giving him five special teams returns for a touchdown during his career. The wide receiver led the Big South and ranked No. 5 nationally in average yards per punt return (18.1).

Godsil (Sr., Mansfield, Ohio) was an honorable-mention selection at center, a position he started at for all 45 games of his Liberty career. The senior helped the Flames rush for 2,562 yards in 2008, the second-highest mark in program history, while Liberty's 29 rushing touchdowns ranked fourth best in Liberty annals.

The offensive team captain helped the Flames offense rank No. 9 in total offense (446.67 yards per game), No. 12 in rushing offense (213.50 yards per game), No. 18 in scoring offense (33.67 points per game) and No. 37 in passing offense (233.17 yards per game).

All four players were instrumental in guiding the Flames to their second straight Big South championship and a program-best 10 victories. Under the leadership of three-time Big South Coach of the Year Danny Rocco, the Flames posted a 10-2 record, finishing the year as one out of 11 FCS programs to reach the double-digit win plateau in 2008.