Liberty concluded its 2017 August training camp on Saturday night, thrilling its fan base with a scrimmage and autograph session as part of Flames Fan Fest.
Flames Nations filled Williams Stadium on Saturday night for the annual event, which gave Liberty's fans a chance to sample what Game Day is like. Gates opened at 6 p.m., allowing fans access to the Flames Kids Zone area and a Flames Club dinner on the grounds.
Around 7 p.m., Liberty's football players took to the turf at Williams Stadium for their fourth and final scrimmage since opening practice on Aug. 1.
Liberty's passing game was fully featured during the workout, as coaches elected to not have a full contact scrimmage with tackling. With limited contact being the plan for the evening, nearly every offensive play during the 45-minute scrimmage was a passing play.
Four different Flames' quarterbacks aired it out to the enjoyment of the gathered crowd, each completing impressive pass attempts deep down field – sophomores Stephen Calvert and Mason Cunningham, redshirt freshman David Jeremiah and freshmen Landon Brown.
Calvert completed four of his first five pass attempts and had four series with the Flames' first team offense. Cunningham recorded one of the spotlight plays of the evening, capping his first drive with Liberty's second-team unit. The transfer quarterback found sophomore Spencer Jones in the corner of the end zone, with Jones reaching over a defender to record a 27-yard touchdown reception.
Cephas Reddick, one of three Samkon Gado award winners from spring practice (most improved offensive player), was one of Cunningham's top targets on the night. Later in the scrimmage, the redshirt junior caught a 35-yard pass play over the middle of the field for one of the longer gains of the evening.
The longest passing play of the night belonged to redshirt freshman Michael Chorowicz who hauled in a 40-yard pass from Brown on the far side line.
Liberty's offense wasn't the only unit showcasing its talent on Saturday, as the Flames' blue-clad defenders also made their presence known by only allowing one touchdown and several field goals.
On the Flames' first drive of the game, Calvert tried to find a receiver in the end zone, but freshman Kimani Donaldson broke up the deep pass to keep the offense off the scoreboard. Redshirt sophomore Elijah Benton, redshirt freshman Benjamin Alexander and senior Ryan Taylor also prevented pass completion, while junior Cameron Jones picked off a pass in the end zone on the scrimmage's final play.
Liberty's defensive line also kept the pressure on the Flames' quarterbacks throughout the night, including All-America defensive end Juwan Wells recording two would-be sacks.
Following the scrimmage, Liberty's players and coaches took to the Williams Stadium Tower concourse for an autograph and photo session with their most faithful fans.
With training camp now in the books, Liberty will begin preparation for its 2017 opener next Saturday at Baylor. Kickoff from McLane Stadium in Waco, Texas, is scheduled for 7 p.m. (EST) and the game will be televised on FS2.
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