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Spring Football Update with Darrin Peterson

April 9, 2013  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Spring Football Update with Darrin Peterson

Continuing in its coverage of Liberty's annual spring practice, FSN reporter Alan York visited today with wide receiver Darrin Peterson and wide receivers coach Juan Taylor.

Peterson will be one of several young players that head coach Turner Gill will look to in 2013 to potentially lead the Flames' wide receivers.

Pat Kelly, one of five players in program history to finish with 2,000 or more career receiving yards, led Liberty last season with 80 receptions, 857 receiving yards and three touchdowns during his senior season.

Peterson, along with Jaquan Glover, Dante Shells, Gabe Henderson, Damarcus Faison and Branden Francis, are just a few of the players who are looking to use spring practice as a time to develop into Liberty's next go-to wide receiver.

As a team, Liberty finished the 2012 season with 2,476 receiving yards and 16 receiving touchdowns. Liberty's current returning players accounted for 622 of those receiving yards (25.1 percent) and six of the 16 touchdowns (37.5 percent).

Peterson did gain valuable playing experience during the 2012 season, seeing time in 10 out of 11 games. The Attalla, Ala., native finished the year with four receptions for 60 yards, spotlighted by a 41-yard touchdown reception against Concord on Oct. 20, 2012.

The Flames will hold one additional practice before their annual Spring Football Game on Saturday at Williams Stadium.

Liberty's final practice leading up to Saturday's 1 p.m. kickoff will be on Thursday afternoon (4:20 to 6:30 p.m.). The Flames will hold two additional practices next week before closing out their spring practice schedule.

Saturday's annual Spring Football Game is free of charge and open to the public.