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Video View: A Day with Wes Cheek

August 22, 2009  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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During today's Countdown to Kicoff segment, gives viewers a look into a day in the life of Wes Cheek during training camp.
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As training camp closes today for the Flames, has chosen to highlight one of its team captains. As part of the web site's Countdown to Kickoff coverage, today it is releasing a video diary, detailing a day in the life of Wes Cheek.

On Thursday, the Flames Sports Network spent the entire day following the Flames senior linebacker. The full day video spotlights a normal day in the life of a football player during training camp, beginning with breakfast at 7 a.m., and concluding with Liberty's practice later that evening.

Below is some biographical information on Wes Cheek:

Class: Senior
Position: OLB
Height: 6-0
Weight: 205
Previous School: Dacula HS
Hometown: Dacula, Ga.

An Inside Look from the Coaching Staff: Successfully made the switch from running back to linebacker a season ago … quickly picked up the new position … tough and athletic … finished the 2008 season as one of the premier players on defense … respected leader who was selected as a captain … will be a big benefit for the linebacker core and an all-conference caliber player.

2008 (Jr.): Saw playing time in all 12 games, starting against No. 12 Elon in the Flames season finale … finished the year tied for eighth on the squad in total tackles during his first year as a defensive player, after making the switch to linebacker following his junior season … ranked fourth on the team in total tackles among linebackers … tied for sixth on the squad in tackles for a loss … tied for second on the team in pass breakups … one of eight players on the squad with an interception on the year … has the fourth-most interception return yards on the squad … opened the year with four stops, two solo and two assisted, against North Greenville … posted his second highest tackle total during Liberty 42-0 shutout over Charleston Southern, finishing the contest with nine stops, including seven assisted … had a career day with 13 tackles against VMI, five solo and eight assisted … had five stops during Liberty's 26-3 victory over No. 12 Elon, including 1.5 tackles for a loss and a six-yard sack … helped the Flames rank No. 13 in scoring defense (18.67 point per game), posting two shutouts and holding three opponents without a touchdown.

2007 (So.): Saw playing time during 10 games … finished the year ranked third on the team with 31 carries for 136 rushing yards and two touchdowns … recorded at least one carry during nine of the 10 games he stepped onto the gridiron … added 11 total tackles as part of Liberty's special team unit … a versatile athlete who even recorded a 40-yard punt during Liberty's season opener against Tusculum … scored twice during the season's first game, rushing five times for 21 yards and included a 10 and one-yard rushing touchdowns … four carries for 22 yards against Shippensburg … three carries for 16 yards against St. Francis, Pa. … five rushes for 16 yards against VMI … carried the ball a career-best six times for 29 yards during Liberty's victory over Gardner-Webb, sealing the program's first-ever Big South championship.

2006 (Fr.): Saw playing time in 10 contests … missed the Towson game … finished his first year with the Flames with 11 rushing attempts for 44 yards … also added five tackles as part of the Flames' special teams unit … four of the five tackles were assisted stops … used mostly in blocking schemes for Liberty's rushing attack … helped the Flames rush for 2,035 yards and 23 touchdowns, ranking Liberty 18th nationally in rushing yards per game (185.0).

Prep: Graduated from Dacula High School … four-year letterwinner … finished his career with 293 tackles (129 solo and 164 assisted), including 31 tackles for a loss, five interceptions and 21 pass break ups … named two-way Player of the Year as a sophomore, as he finished the year with 98 tackles, 14 tackles for a loss, two interceptions and seven pass breakups … Dacula Defensive Player of the Year during his junior season with 84 tackles and nine pass breakups … ranked 13th in the country in pass break ups as a junior … moved to fullback his senior year, finishing the season with 860 yards and 12 touchdowns … also played some at outside linebacker as a senior, finishing the year with 43 tackles, six tackles for a loss, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and a punt block … first-team all-county and all-region honoree as a senior.

Personal: Son of Barry and Cindy Cheek … birthday is Feb. 9 … majoring in business and finance.

On the practice field today, the Flames officially wrapped up training camp earlier today. Beginning at 9:20 a.m., the Flames worked on a special teams dominated practice on the turf, working on all aspects of the punting and kickoff game. Liberty also ran several unique sessions, practicing such situations as overtime and last-minute plays.

The players will have the next two days off from practice, but will return to Williams Stadium tomorrow afternoon for Flames Picture Day. The event, which is open to the public, will begin at 2:30 p.m., when the Flames take their annual team photo. Following the photo, the Flames will welcome several groups to the field, including the Flames Kids Club, to the turf for an autographic session.

The Flames Sports Network will be on hand, grabbing some video, which it will run later on Sunday evening on, giving viewers the sights and sounds of the fan-friendly day.