LibertyFlames.com continues its bye week coverage today with LFSN reporter Nick Pierce catching up with defensive coordinator Robert Wimberly.
The Flames' defense has been tested throughout the 2015 season, as Liberty ranks last in the Big South in scoring defense (28.9 allowed points per game) and touchdowns allowed (29). Overall, the Flames rank No. 4 in the Big South in total defense, allowing 378.9 yards per game.
One of the strengths of Liberty's defense has been the strong play of its defensive line, a unit that has been responsible for 16.0 of the Flames' 20.0 sacks through eight games. Currently, Liberty leads the Big South and ranks No. 32 in the country in sacks per game (2.50).
The leader of Liberty's defensive unit is senior Chima Uzowihe. The STATS FCS Defensive Player of the Year candidate leads the Big South and is ranked No. 7 nationally in sacks per game (1.00). Earlier this year, the senior moved into first place on Liberty's career sack list as he currently has 25.0 career sacks.
Avery James leads Liberty's defensive unit in total tackles, as the safety has recorded 55 tackles (34 solo, 21 assisted). The sophomore has recorded nine or more tackles in four games this season and ranks No. 8 in the Big South in tackles per game (6.9).
Some younger players have also started to develop throughout the season on the defensive side of the football. Cornerback Chris Turner has recorded three of Liberty's five interceptions and is the first Liberty freshman to have three interceptions in a season since Randall State in 1998.
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