Hunter Winstead (57), Alex Probert (10) and Juwan Wells (54) were named to the 2017 STATS FCS Preseason All-America Team.
The day prior to Liberty opening its preseason training camp, three Flames were named to the 2017 STATS FCS Preseason All-America Team.
Long snapper Hunter Winstead was named to the second team, while defensive lineman Juwan Wells and kicker Alex Probert were both third team honorees. The trio of players all received postseason All-America honors in 2016.
Liberty's three honorees were among the seven Big South players who were named to the STATS FCS Preseason All-America Team.
Joining Liberty's selections were first team honorees Anthony Ellis (DL/Charleston Southern) and Mike Basile (DB/Monmouth), second team selection Solomon Brown (LB/Charleston Southern) and third team member Frank Cirone (OL/Charleston Southern).
Winstead was a 2016 STATS FCS All-America third team honoree. The three-year starter finished the last two seasons with a 100.0 percent snap rating. He also recorded two assisted tackles in 2016, giving him six for his Liberty career.
Winstead, a native of Raleigh, N.C., has worked side by side with punter Trey Turner, helping Turner earn All-Big South honors the last two seasons. Turner finished second in the Big South in punting last year after leading the conference as a freshman and sophomore. Turner ranked No. 37 in the country in punting in 2016, averaging 41.0 yards per punt.
Wells was named to the 2016 HERO Sports FCS Sophomore All-America squad. He 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 last season with a team-best nine pass breakups and posted four double-digit tackle efforts.
Probert finished his first year at Liberty as an honorable mention selection to the 2016 HERO Sports FCS Freshman All-America team. He finished last 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). Probert was named to the Jerry Rice Award Watch List, which honors the top FCS freshman in the country, and finished in 17th place in the award's final voting.
Liberty will begin its preseason training camp on Tuesday, holding its first team practice of the year from 9:20 to 11:45 a.m. The Flames will open the season at Baylor on Sept. 2 and welcome Morehead State to Williams Stadium for their home opener on Sept. 9.
2017 STATS FCS PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA TEAM FIRST TEAM
OFFENSE QB - Jeremiah Briscoe, senior, 6-3, 220, Sam Houston State RB - Chase Edmonds, senior, 5-9, 210, Fordham RB - Elijah Ibitokun-Hanks, junior, 5-9, 199, Albany FB - Joe Protheroe, senior, 6-0, 225, Cal Poly WR - Justin Watson, senior, 6-3, 210, Penn WR - Jake Wieneke, senior, 6-4, 215, South Dakota State TE - Dallas Goedert, senior, 6-5, 250, South Dakota State OL - Justin Lea, senior, 6-4, 290, Jacksonville State OL - Jacob Ohnesorge, senior, 6-3, 285, South Dakota State OL - Brandon Parker, senior, 6-7, 299, North Carolina A&T OL - Timon Parris, senior, 6-5, 310, Stony Brook OL - Aaron Stinnie, senior, 6-5, 290, James Madison
DEFENSE DL - Pat Afriyie, senior, 6-2, 235, Colgate DL - Anthony Ellis, senior, 6-1, 245, Charleston Southern DL - P.J. Hall, senior, 6-1, 280, Sam Houston State DL - Darius Jackson, senior, 6-3, 237, Jacksonville State LB - Nick DeLuca, senior, 6-3, 248, North Dakota State LB - Darius Leonard, senior, 6-3, 220, South Carolina State LB - Christian Rozeboom, sophomore, 6-2, 220, South Dakota State LB - Brett Taylor, senior, 6-2, 230, Western Illinois DB - Mike Basile, senior, 6-1, 200, Monmouth DB - Marlon Bridges, sophomore, 6-1, 210, Jacksonville State DB - Cole Reyes, senior, 6-2, 215, North Dakota DB - Rob Rolle, senior, 6-0, 190, Villanova
SPECIAL TEAMS PK - Lane Clark, senior, 5-11, 170, Tennessee State P - Ian Berryman, junior, 6-0, 205, Western Carolina LS - James Fisher, senior, 6-2, 216, North Dakota State KR - John Santiago, junior, 5-9, 180, North Dakota PR - Khris Gardin, senior, 5-7, 165, North Carolina A&T AP - John Lovett, senior, 6-3, 225, Princeton
OFFENSE QB - Gage Gubrud, junior, 6-2, 195, Eastern Washington RB - Corey Avery, senior, 5-10, 190, Sam Houston State RB - Detrez Newsome, senior, 5-10, 210, Western Carolina FB - Anthony Manzo-Lewis, senior, 6-2, 245, Albany WR - Emmanuel Butler, senior, 6-3, 210, Northern Arizona WR - Kamron Lewis, junior, 6-4, 195, Saint Francis WR - Troy Pelletier, senior, 6-3, 205, Lehigh TE - Andrew Vollert, senior, 6-5, 245, Weber State OL - Daniel Cooney, junior, 6-8, 315, San Diego OL - Ben Huss, senior, 6-2, 307, Duquesne OL - Jacob Judd, senior, 6-3, 300, Western Illinois OL - Stockton Mallet, senior, 6-3, 307, Central Arkansas OL - Skyler Phillips, senior, 6-2, 322, Idaho State
DEFENSE DL - Andrew Ankrah, senior, 6-4, 234, James Madison DL - Miles Brown, junior, 6-1, 310, Wofford DL - Kurt Holuba, senior, 6-4, 270, Princeton DL - Greg Menard, senior, 6-2, 239, North Dakota State DL - Ebenezer Ogundeko, senior, 6-3, 255, Tennessee State LB - Solomon Brown, junior, 6-1, 220, Charleston Southern LB - Garrett Dolan, senior, 6-2, 240, Houston Baptist LB - Jared Farley, senior, 5-11, 221, Northern Iowa LB - Shaheed Salmon, senior, 6-1, 226, Samford DB - Tre Dempsey, senior, 5-10, 179, North Dakota State DB - Kahlid Hagens, senior, 6-3, 200, UT Martin DB - Davontae Harris, senior, 6-0, 200, Illinois State DB - Tremon Smith, senior, 6-0, 186, Central Arkansas DB - Kailik Williams, senior, 5-11, 185, The Citadel
PK - Griffin Trau, junior, 5-8, 180, Richmond P - Keith Wrzuszczak, senior, 5-11, 202, Eastern Kentucky LS - Hunter Winstead, senior, 6-0, 240, Liberty KR - Shane Simpson, sophomore, 5-9, 185, Towson PR - Londell Lee, senior, 6-2, 210, UT Martin AP - Harold Cooper, senior, 5-9, 183, Rhode Island
OFFENSE QB - Taryn Christion, junior, 6-2, 215, South Dakota State QB - Devlin Hodges, junior, 6-1, 213, Samford RB - Dom Bragalone, junior, 5-11, 215, Lehigh RB - Anthony Philyaw, senior, 6-1, 205, Howard RB - Deontez Thompson, sophomore, 6-0, 200, Richmond FB - Kane Louscher, senior, 6-2, 245, South Dakota State WR - Yedidiah Louis, senior, 5-8, 187, Sam Houston State WR - Patrick Smith, senior, 6-0, 190, Tennessee State TE - Jonathan Kloosterman, senior, 6-3, 245, James Madison OL - Frank Cirone, senior, 6-3, 280, Charleston Southern OL - Jamil Demby, senior, 6-5, 310, Maine OL - Chris Durant, senior, 6-4, 310, William & Mary OL - Justin Spencer, senior, 6-5, 305, Youngstown State OL - Tyler Tezeno, senior, 6-4, 317, Sam Houston State
DEFENSE DL - Abdullah Anderson, senior, 6-4, 295, Bucknell DL - Keontre Anderson, senior, 6-3, 240, Jackson State DL - Jonathan Petersen, senior, 6-1, 230, San Diego DL - Jay-Tee Tiuli, senior, 6-4, 315, Eastern Washington DL - Juwan Wells, junior, 6-2, 255, Liberty LB - Mac Bignell, senior, 6-1, 205, Montana State LB - George Odum, senior, 6-2, 190, Central Arkansas LB - Chad Meredith, senior, 6-4, 244, Southeast Missouri LB - Dale Warren, junior, 6-0, 215, Chattanooga DB - Raven Greene, senior, 6-0, 200, James Madison DB - Robbie Grimsley, junior, 6-0, 183, North Dakota State DB - Danny Johnson, senior, 5-10, 195, Southern DB - Taron Johnson, senior, 6-0, 180, Weber State DB - Omari Williams, senior, 6-1, 190, Samford
SPECIAL TEAMS PK - Alex Probert, sophomore, 5-9, 170, Liberty P - Jacob DeMaio, senior, 6-5, 205, Weber State LS - Danny Garza, senior, 6-0, 230, Houston Baptist KR - Deion Holliman, senior, 5-9, 188, Missouri State PR - Terry Wallen, senior, 5-11, 182, Drake AP - Justice Shelton-Mosley, junior, 5-10, 195, Harvard
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