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Flames Return to Practice Field on Monday

March 30, 2009  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty's offensive and defensive lines battle for position during Monday's afternoon practice.

Liberty's offensive and defensive lines battle for position during Monday's afternoon practice.

The Flames' first few days of their spring practice season have been hampered by continual rain and damp field conditions on Liberty Mountain. But, today, the skies cleared, allowing Liberty to hold its second of 15 practices during the spring schedule.

Practicing for the second time on the grass turf field adjacent to the Williams Football Operations Center, the Flames held their second and final practice without pads. Liberty amped up its drills from its opening practice held last Friday afternoon, continuing to focus on its base offense and defense, as well as its first and second down plays.

The two-hour session, which kicked off with Liberty "on the line" at 4:15 p.m., opened with team teaching time, where head coach Danny Rocco's staff began to install some options and screens into its offensive package. According to Rocco, the day was "very productive."

The Flames' defense began to integrate its post coverages and several blitzing packages, which Liberty worked on during three different sets of 15 consecutive plays. During the later part of practice, the Flames used some seven-on-seven time to continue their offensive and defensive line pass rushing plays.

Thanks to favorable working conditions throughout the day, the installation crew that has been working on the new FieldTurf at Williams Stadium, was able to seed several layers of rubber pellets into the turf, nearly completing the project.

The crew is slated to maintain a similar work pattern tomorrow, and the playing surface should be at a stage where it will be usable for Liberty's first night practice of the spring season. The Flames are scheduled to take to the turf at 7:15 p.m. tomorrow evening and will use the following practice schedule over the remainder of the week:

Tuesday – 7:15 p.m. (Practice - Williams Stadium)
Wednesday – 5:15 p.m. (Team Meeting – FOC)
Thursday – 7:15 p.m. (Practice – Williams Stadium)
Friday – 4:15 p.m. (Practice – Williams Stadium)
Saturday – 10:20 a.m. (Practice – Williams Stadium)
Sunday – Day off for the team and the coaching staff
Monday – 4:15 p.m. (Practice – Williams Stadium)

Liberty's practices are always open to the public, but fans wanting to see more than just drills are encouraged to come out for the Flames' Thursday and Saturday workout sessions this week. During the pair of practices, Liberty will have officials on hand during the two-hour sessions, meaning there will be an increased level of scrimmaging scattered throughout the practice plan.

During tomorrow's spring practice report, will bring you some insight from the Flames' new offensive coordinator, as Brandon Streeter will give some thoughts on how things are going for him during his first several practices as Liberty's new offensive signal caller.