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Larsson and Vinson Bring Home Weekly Honors

October 26, 2009  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Mike Larsson (left) and Brent Vinson (right) were two of four players honored today by the Big South Conference.

Mike Larsson (left) and Brent Vinson (right) were two of four players honored today by the Big South Conference.

Punter Mike Larsson and defensive back Brent Vinson both played large parts in Liberty securing a road victory over Charleston Southern this past weekend, and the pair was honored for their efforts earlier today by the Big South Conference.

For the second time this year, Larsson was tabbed the Big South's Special Teams Player of the Week, while Vinson nabbed his first collegiate honor by being selected this week's Freshman of the Week.

Larsson (So., P, Monroe, N.C.) finished the Charleston Southern game with career highs in both total punts (6) and total punt yardage (219 yards). The six punts marked the most Liberty has recorded since having to punt six times against Elon on Sept. 22, 2007.

Two of Larsson's punts landed inside the Buccaneers' 20-yard line, giving the punter 13 punts on the season inside the opponent's 20-yard line (out of 27 punts/48.1 percent).

One of his six punts sailed 71 yards, which marked the third-longest punt in program history (bettering Ben Rogers' 68-yard punt against Samford in 1999). The lengthy punt is tied for the second longest in Big South history, as it matches Gardner-Webb's Graham Whitlock who booted a 71-yarder against Liberty on Oct. 5, 2002, in the first-ever Big South Conference game.

Larsson was also named Big South Special Teams Player of the Week on Sept. 28, after he battled steady rains to record a previous personal best five punts for 207 yards against No. 6 James Madison.

Vinson (Fr., DB, Charlotte, N.C.) had a breakout game for the Flames, finishing the contest third on the squad in total tackles. His eight stops against Charleston Southern more than doubled his total through the first six games of the year, as he entered the matchup with seven tackles to his collegiate credit.

The rookie added his first career tackle for a loss (two yards) and his first career pass breakup. The pass breakup came on the fourth to last play of the game, as he nearly picked off an A.J. Toscano pass, which would have ended the game for the Flames. The disturbance did stop a potential game tying pass, as he stepped in front of a Charleston Southern receiver inside the red zone.

Vinson is the second Liberty player to be honored this year as Freshman of the Week. Aldreakis Allen has already taken home the honor twice in 2009 (Sept. 14 and Oct. 19).

Larsson and Vinson were joined by a pair of Keydets as the other two weekly conference award winners. VMI running back Howard Abegesah was named the league's Offensive Player of the Week, while linebacker Emilio Calvin was tabbed the Defensive Player of the Week.

Larsson and Vinson, along with the rest of the Flames, will put their 13-game Big South Conference winning streak on the line this weekend, when they host Presbyterian for a Saturday afternoon matchup. Kickoff at Williams Stadium is slated for 3:30 p.m.