Following the conclusion of the 2016 football season, LFSN reporter Nick Pierce had a chance to talk with Flames Defensive Coordinator Robert Wimberly.
The 2016 season completed Wimberly's fifth season as Liberty's Defensive Coordinator and marked a return to the style of defense Flames Nation has come to expect from a Wimberly-led unit.
Following the 2015 season that saw Liberty gain 14 turnovers (four FR; 10 INT), Liberty ranked No. 11 in the country in turnovers gained during the 2016 season with 26 (12 FR; 14 INT).
Takeaways have become a key to Liberty's defensive success under Wimberly. In 2013, Liberty ranked No. 21 in the country with 26 turnovers gained (seven FR; 19 INT), while the Flames ranked No. 3 nationally in 2014 with 32 turnovers gained (15 FR; 17 INT).
Liberty had 13 of its players earn All-Big South honors in 2016, tying Charleston Southern for the most all-conference honorees. The Buccaneers led all schools in the Big South with eight first-team honorees, while the Flames had the largest grouping of second-team selections with seven.
Liberty's All-Big South first-team selections include: Dante' Shells (Sr., WR), Juwan Wells (So., DL), Nick Newman (Sr., LB), Alex Probert (Fr., K), Trey Turner (Jr., P) and Hunter Winstead (Jr., LS).
The Flames All-Big South second-team honorees include: Kendall Couamin (Sr., TE), Lucas Holder (Jr., OL), Dontae Duff (R-Fr., OL), Dexter Robbins (Sr., LB), Chris Turner (So., DB), Alpha Jalloh (Sr., DB) and Frankie Hickson (R-Fr., KS).
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