(left to right): Liberty's Stephen Calvert, Dontae Duff, Alex Probert and Juwan Wells have been named to HERO Sports All-America teams.
HERO Sports FCS Freshman All-America team
HERO Sports FCS Sophomore All-America squad
Following outstanding early seasons in their football careers, Liberty's Stephen Calvert, Dontae Duff, Alex Probert and Juwan Wells have been named to HERO Sports All-America teams.
Duff was named to the HERO Sports FCS Freshman All-America team, while Wells was selected to the HERO Sports FCS Sophomore All-America squad. Both listings are inaugural teams as HERO Sports is in its first season of covering FCS football.
Calvert and Probert were named honorable mention selections to the HERO Sports FCS Freshman All-America team.
Duff earned All-Big South second team honors in 2016, starting all 11 games as a part of Liberty's offensive line. The native of Mesquite, Texas, graded out as Liberty's top offensive lineman this season.
He led the team in knockdowns and allowed 2.0 sacks, ranking second on the team. The redshirt freshman started at three different positions this past season (center, right guard and left guard).
Wells had a breakout season for the Flames, leading the team with a career-best 79 tackles. He ranked third in the Big South in total tackles and finished the season fifth in the Big South in tackles for a loss (11.0) and fourth in sacks (5.5).
The 2016 All-Big South first team honoree has recorded 18.5 tackles for a loss and 10.5 sacks during his first two years at Liberty. The native of Dublin, Ga., also finished this past season with a team-best nine pass breakups and posted four double-digit tackle efforts.
Calvert took over as Liberty's starting quarterback five weeks into his true freshman season, leading the Flames to five of the team's six wins in 2016. The native of Plantation, Fla., finished his rookie season with 1,931 passing yards and 15 touchdowns, marking the third most passing yards by a freshman in program history.
Probert picked up right where previous All-America kicker John Lunsford left off in 2015, as Probert finished his first year with 78 points, the most by a freshman in school history. The native of Andover, Minn., earned All-Big South first team honors after leading the Big South and ranking No. 10 in the country in field goals per game (1.36).
Both Calvert and Probert were named to the Jerry Rice Award Watch List, which honors the top FCS freshman in the country. Calvert finished in 10th place in the final voting, while Probert tied for 17th place.
The quartet of players join Liberty's long snapper Hunter Winstead as All-America honorees for the Flames in 2016. Last month, Winstead was named to the STATS FCS All-America third team.
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