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Rocco Weekly Press Conference: W.Va. Wesleyan

September 29, 2009  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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During today's press conference, head coach Danny Rocco talked about Liberty's upcoming game against West Virginia Wesleyan.
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The Flames are looking to get back to their winning ways following a 24-10 setback to No. 6/7 James Madison over the weekend, and head coach Danny Rocco spoke earlier today about what it is going to take for Liberty to do so against West Virginia Wesleyan on Saturday.

The matchup with the Bobcats will be the first in the series between the two programs and the fourth team Liberty has faced from the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletics Conference.

Below are some of the subject matters Rocco touched upon during his weekly press conference with the local media:
• Opened with his thoughts on the disappointment with the loss to James Madison on Saturday, the Dukes' ability to close out the game and score in the fourth quarter and the coaching ability of James Madison head coach Mickey Matthews
• Talked about this week being the beginning of the rest of the season, his unfamiliarity with West Virginia Wesleyan, the general experience that assistant coach Ernie McCook brings after spending 11 years in the WVIAC, having known Bobcats coach Dennis Creehan for many years and how hard he knows West Virginia Wesleyan is working this week to prepare for the Flames
• Asked to talk about James Madison's plan to stop Mike Brown and if he expects future opponents to try and develop a similar game plan the rest of the year
• Provided an injury update, including the status of quarterback Tommy Beecher, running back B.J. Hayes, linebacker Doncel Bolt and the general overall health of the team
• Responded to the question if he has seen any common thread during the first four games of the year that have led to Liberty's inconsistency in running the football
• Talked about this being a potential game where additonal players could get some playing time, including running back SirChauncey Holloway
• Asked if he would prefer to use B.J. Hayes more in a slotback type position or as the Flames' full-time starter at tailback
• Spoke about the play of offensive lineman Josh Weaver during his time at Liberty and what his leadership brings to Liberty's offensive line
• Asked to evaluate the 65-yard touchdown run James Madison had late in the game and if he saw anything on the game film that Liberty can do to prevent this type of defensive breakdown during the remainder of the year
• Talked about the attitude of his players coming into the game with West Virginia Wesleyan and what it is going to take to keep them from coming out flat after the buildup before the James Madison game
• Spoke about what assistant coach Ernie McCook brought to Liberty's programs this year and what impressed him about McCook when he interviewed him for the job
• Reflected on what it meant for him and his team to see Williams Stadium packed with students two hours before kickoff against James Madison, last Saturday
• Asked to talk about the solid play of both Liberty and James Madison's punters over the weekend, despite less than ideal kicking conditions
• Responded to the question if he was concerned about Liberty's pass protection this year, especially when Tommy Beecher is under center