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Coach Talks about Coastal Carolina with Media

September 30, 2008  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Head coach Danny Rocco spoke with membes of the media today leading up to Liberty's Big South battle with conference rival Coastal Carolina.

Head coach Danny Rocco spoke with membes of the media today leading up to Liberty's Big South battle with conference rival Coastal Carolina.

Audio link to Rocco's weekly press conference

Liberty Head Football Coach Danny Rocco held his weekly media press conference in the Donor Room of the Williams Football Operations Center earlier this afternoon.

During the 30-minute press conference, Rocco touched on numerous subjects, including Liberty's road victory over No. 23 Youngstown State, the program's response since the victory and the Flames preparation for their upcoming road match-up with Big South rival Coastal Carolina:

• Talked about his challenge to the team prior to the Youngstown State game, asking them to dedicate their performance to someone meaningful in their life
• Spoke about him dedicating the game to his father, Frank, Sr., and the touching moments where he was able to present his father with a certificate honoring the victory
• Touched on the team's focus heading into the match-up with Youngstown State, as he challenged his squad with three words – confidence, poise and unity
• Recapped the Youngstown State game, including the outpouring of support and celebratory letters/emails/text messages he has gotten since the win, the team scoring 28-unasnsered points and the disappointing differences between the first/fourth and the second/third quarters
• Discussed the different focus areas of the season, including the first four non-conference games to open the year and how his team is preparing to enter Big South play
• Reflected on his squad allowing its last two opponents back into the game and what it is going to take for his team to finish off an opponent
• Commented on the difference between Rashad Jennings' rushing efforts against Western Carolina and Youngstown State
• Asked to comment whether there was a defining moment in the Youngstown State game, one that especially helped the squad rally from a 14-0 deficit
• Remarked about the athleticism of Coastal Carolina and how much more improved the Chanticleers' defenses seems to be playing this year
• Gave an injury update, touching on the playing status of Tim Torrence, Kyle O'Donnell, Tommy Shaver and Britt Stone
• Commented on the return of Matt Lambros from his injury and whether or not Mike Brown has taken over his starting role following Brown's performance against Youngstown State
• Reflected on the play of Tim Torrence during the Youngstown State game and the hard-hitting effort by the defensive back
• Spoke about the play of previous ranked opponent facing Coastal Carolina in Brooks Stadium at night, including the struggles of ranked programs like James Madison and Furman
• Commented on the amount of passing offense Liberty allowed Youngstown State and the unexpected passing prowess of Brandon Summers
• Asked to reflect on the fewer penalties committed by Liberty and the fact that neither team was called for a holding penalty during the Youngstown State game
• Commented on the personality of linebacker Nick Hursky and how that has helped mold and shape the senior's leadership style
• Asked about the difference between Coastal Carolina quarterbacks Zach MacDowall and William Richardson, and how each provides the Chanticleers with a different offensive style
• Spoke about the speedy recovery of Rashad Jennings and whether or not his hand injury has hampered his running style since returning to action

You can access the audio link to today's press conference by clicking here or by clicking the link at the top of this page.

Rocco meets weekly with members of the local media each Tuesday throughout the season and will bring you the audio file following the weekly event.