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A Gridiron Glance at Cheek and Weaver

November 19, 2009  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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During the final regular-season installment of the Gridiron Glance, visits with senior captains Josh Weaver (left) and Wes Cheek (right)
Video Views: 13106 closes out the regular-season portion of its Gridiron Glance schedule by talking with Wes Cheek and Josh Weaver, two senior captains who have both played pivotal roles in helping turn Liberty's program around since their early days on Liberty Mountain.

Cheek and Weaver are two of 20 seniors who will be leaving Liberty Mountain as the winningest senior class in program history and three-time Big South Conference champions. Over the last four years, this year's graduating class has posted a 32-12 record, which is five more wins than the second-best senior class in Liberty's history.

Cheek joined the Flames' program as a running back and played in 10 games during his true freshman season. During his first two years with the program, the Dacula, Ga., native rushed for 180 yards and two touchdowns, before making the switch to linebacker as a junior.

Since joining the defensive side of the field, Cheek has proven to be one of Liberty's defensive leaders, both in terms of statistics and on-the-field leadership. The senior comes into this weekend's game with Stony Brook leading the team with 66 tackles and ranks fourth on the squad in active career tackling with 126 career stops.

After redshirting during the 2005 season, Weaver joined Cheek on the active roster in 2006, and has helped the Flames put together one of the most stout offensive lines in FCS football during the last four years. Prior to the season, Weaver was named to the Big South preseason all-conference team.

During his playing career, Liberty has been one of the nation's more potent rushing programs. Liberty has rushed for 8,701 yards and 113 touchdowns over the last four years, averaging 197.8 rushing yards per game and 2.57 rushing touchdowns per contest. Equally as impressive, the Flames offensive line has helped protect Liberty's quarterbacks, as the team has allowed just 40 sacks during Weaver's 44-game career.

For additional information on this dynamic pair of seniors, be sure to click on the links below, which will take you to each player's bio:

Wes Cheek
Sr., OLB, 6-0, 205, Dacula, Ga.

Josh Weaver
R-Sr., OL, 6-4, 285, Starke, Fla.