Today, LibertyFlames.com continues its post spring football practice recap coverage of Liberty's recent spring workouts, as web site correspondent Nick Pierce sits down with special teams coordinator and cornerbacks coach Marshall Roberts.
Liberty's special teams units continued to excel in 2009, spotlighted by sophomore kicker Matt Bevins earning consensus first-team All-America honors. Bevins finished the season ranked No. 1 in the country in field goals per game (2.00) and No. 3 in total scoring (9.73 points per game). His 107 total points scored also set a new program and Big South single-season kicker scoring record.
As a team, Liberty ranked among the nation's best in punt return yardage defense (No. 10). Liberty finished the season by allowing an average of 3.38 yards per punt return, as 13 total punts were returned for 44 total yards. Only 17 other FCS teams allowed fewer punt returns than the Flames in 2009.
Liberty also finished the year ranked No. 20 nationally in average kickoff return yardage (22.59), with one return going for a touchdown (an 80 yard scoring return by Aaron Hewlett at home against VMI on Nov. 7).
Roberts' cornerbacks also played a pivotal role in Liberty finishing the year ranked No. 24 in the country in scoring defense (19.09 points per game), No. 1 in turnover margin (1.91) and No. 26 in passing defense (171.64 yards per game).
Graduating senior Tim Torrence finished his final year in a Liberty uniform ranked sixth on the team with 43 tackles, while KaJuan Lee led the team and ranked No. 19 in the country with five interceptions (0.45 per game).
Torrence was the lone graduating senior among the cornerbacks on Liberty's depth chart, as the position will return Lee, along with starting left cornerback Donald Manns, Brandon Robinson (who might move to safety), Ron Hobby and Kevin Fogg.
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