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2014 Training Camp Position Preview: TE/FB
During the month of August, LibertyFlames.com will preview each position on Liberty's football roster before the Flames open the season on the road at North Carolina on Aug. 30.
LibertyFlames.com continues its series today by looking at the Flames' tight ends and fullbacks, a group that played a large part in the offensive success for Liberty in 2013.
Liberty finished the 2013 season ranked No. 16 in the country in scoring offense, averaging 37.3 points per game. The Flames' nationally ranked offense was helped by Liberty setting a school record with 36 rushing touchdowns, surpassing the previous record of 32 set in 2007.
Under head coach Turner Gill, Liberty's tight ends and fullbacks are often used as extra blockers for Liberty's running backs and providing protection to the Flames' quarterbacks.
Along with their blocking duties, Liberty's tight ends and fullbacks have started to find their way into the end zone themselves.
Brandon Apon finished his career in 2013 as the Big South's all-time tight end leader with seven career touchdown receptions. Dexter Herman, his understudy last year, finished the season strong with touchdown receptions of his own during the final two games of the season.
Nicky Fualaau had a career year in 2013 with five receptions for 46 yards and started 10 of 12 games at fullback. He caught his second career touchdown reception during Liberty's overtime contest against nationally ranked Coastal Carolina.
LibertyFlames.com will continue its position previews on Friday when the website takes a look at the Liberty's safeties.
TE – Dexter Herman, Sr., 6-3, 240
FB – Nicky Fualaau, Jr., 6-0, 220
Kendall Couamin (TE), So., 6-2, 240
Will Johnson (TE), So., 6-6, 255
Garrett Long (TE), Jr., 6-4, 235
Thomas Kennedy (FB), R-Fr., 5-11, 230
Daquin Edwards (FB), Fr., 6-0, 230
David King (LS/TE), Fr., 6-1, 210
Tyler Meeks (TE), R-Fr., 6-4, 230
Canon Smith (TE), So., 6-4, 255