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2015 Football Season Recap: Defense

December 9, 2015  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Recently, Alan York of the Liberty Flames Sports Network was able to visit with Defensive Coordinator Robert Wimberly to get his closing thoughts on the 2015 season.

Wimberly had three of his defensive players earn All-Big South honors in 2015, spotlighted by senior defensive end Chima Uzowihe being named the Big South Defensive Player of the Year. Uzowihe is the first Flame in program history to claim the conference's top defensive honor.

Uzowihe finished the season with 52 tackles (34 solo, 18 assisted), including 17.0 tackles for a loss (86 yards) and 8.0 sacks (62 yards). He also added a team-best six quarterback hurries, along with four pass breakups and a forced fumble.

The native of Houston, Texas, led the Big South and ranked No. 17 in the country in tackles for a loss (1.5 per game). He also led the conference and ranked No. 18 in the nation in sacks per game (0.73). Uzowihe, a three-time All-Big South first-team honoree, was one of 25 finalists for the 2015 STATS FCS Defensive Player of the Year award.

Joining Uzowihe as an All-Big South selection were junior linebacker Nick Newman and redshirt freshman Chris Turner. Both players received second-team honors.

Newman finished the season as Liberty's top tackler, leading the team with 74 stops (49 solo, 25 assisted). Turner had a breakout season for the Flames, which included four interceptions, the most by a Liberty freshman defender since 1999.