With the 2017 season set to begin in less than two weeks, members of the LFSN Game On broadcast team took time recently to preview the Flames' offense this upcoming season.
Liberty's offense ranked fifth out of six teams in the Big South last year, despite the Flames having the top passing threat in the league. The Flames averaged 348.5 total offensive yards per game, with 58.9 percent of the team's offense coming via the team's passing game (205.3 yards per game).
Stephen Calvert emerged as Liberty's starting quarterback midway through the 2016 season, leading the Flames' offense for the final seven games of the season. 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.
Calvert's top two targets in 2017 are slated to be B.J. Farrow and Antonio Gandy-Golden. During his first two years on the field, Farrow has tallied 62 receptions for 729 yards and five touchdowns.
Gandy-Golden quickly made his presence known on Liberty's roster, seeing playing time in all 11 games as a true freshman. He finished his first year at Liberty with 21 receptions for 315 yards and three touchdowns, while ranking third on the team in average yards per reception (15.0).
The running back pool is a wealth of talent in 2017 with the return of Carrington Mosley (663 yards, five touchdowns), Todd Macon (620 yards, seven touchdowns) and Frankie Hickson (450 yards, four touchdowns). During the 2016 season, the trio of backs rushed for a combined 1,733 yards and 16 touchdowns.
The Flames return four players who started throughout the 2016 season for Liberty on the offensive line in Dontae Duff, Sam Isaacson, Julio Lozano and James Passmore. The Flames will also regain the services of team captain Michael Henderman.
Duff started all 11 games in 2016 and was named to the HERO Sports FCS Freshman All-America team. He started at three different positions (center, right guard and left guard) and graded out as Liberty's second best offensive lineman. He led the team in knockdowns and ranked second by allowing 2.0 sacks.
The Flames will also see the return of Henderman, who missed a major of the season due to a back injury. Henderman saw playing time early in the year against Jacksonville and SMU before his injury shut him down for the year.
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