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Rocco Weekly Press Conference: Stony Brook

November 17, 2009  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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No. 16 Liberty remains on the road this weekend, as the Flames wrap up their regular-season schedule with a Big South title on the line against Stony Brook. Kickoff at LaValle Stadium is slated for 1 p.m.

The Flames, who have already clinched a share of their third-straight Big South title, come into the game having won 16-straight league games. The mark is the longest Big South winning streak in league history, doubling the previous record of eight-straight captured by Coastal Carolina.

Liberty is coming off its third-straight Big South victory where they surpassed the 50-point total, as the Flames scored 27-unanswered second-half points to cruise to a 51-28 road victory over Gardner-Webb, last Saturday.

The Flames are making their first-ever trip to Stony Brook, N.Y., and will be squaring off against the Seawolves for the second time in program history. Last year, Liberty's stout defense shutdown Stony Brook, 33-0, helping the Flames to the first of back-to-back league shutouts.

Prior to the Flames Tuesday afternoon's practice, head coach Danny Rocco held his weekly press conference in the Donor Room of the Williams Football Operations Center. Below are the subject Coach Rocco touched upon during the 30-minute press conference.

• Review of the Gardner-Webb game, including the team finding a way to win on the road, a comeback after trailing at halftime, the offense being in rhythm the entire game, his discussion with the team during halftime, the defense's better effort in the second half, a defensive history on Demetrius Ward and a strong game from Tommy Beecher and Mike Brown.
• Preview of the Stony Brook game, spotlighting what is on the line, including a possible 6-0 Big South record and a postseason berth into the playoffs and the team's motivation going into the game.
• Asked to talk about what he discussed with his team during halftime of the Gardner-Webb game and if they made any adjustments or did the team just play better in the second half.
• Was asked to comment on what Liberty was submitting to the NCAA FCS Playoff committee regarding supporting information toward helping the Flames first-ever playoff berth.
• Remarked on what type of motivation his team needs heading into this weekend and his emphasis this week on completing the "3-peat".
• Spoke about how different Stony Brook's offense looks this year with Michael Coulter at quarterback.
• Asked about the improved play of running back SirChauncey Holloway last week, and if we should expect to see him more in the lineup this weekend against Stony Brook.
• Talked about whether having SirChauncey Holloway in the backfield was a hindrance in terms of his ability to block for wide receivers.
• Commented on how different it is for him as a coach heading to a new venue considering that conference championship is on the line.
• Remarked about the promotion of Brandon Streeter to his current position as offensive coordinator and talked about his first year in this new role.
• Was asked about the 80-yard pass play between Tommy Beecher and Mike Brown and whether that was a designed play or just something that Beecher saw open downfield.
• Finished by giving an injury update, including the playing status of offensive center Mario Cosby.