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2009 in Review: A Look at the Offense

December 8, 2009  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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As LibertyFlames.com continues its football 2009 in Review segments during this week, today the web site provides a retrospective look back at Liberty's offense.

The Flames continued their recent offensive explosion again in 2009 during their first season under offensive coordinator Brandon Streeter. Liberty averaged 36.36 points per game, a mark which currently ranks No. 2 national in scoring offense.

Much of Liberty's offensive prowess came via the Flames rushing attack. The Flames rushed for 176.09 yards per game, a mark which ranks No. 21 nationally in rushing offense. Along with the yardage gained, Liberty scored 31 of its 44 offensive touchdowns in 2009 on the ground, which was one touchdown shy of the school record and ranked No. 3 nationally in terms of total team rushing touchdowns.

Liberty had three different ball carriers finish with seven or more rushing touchdowns, each of who has two or more years left with the program. Sophomore Mike Brown rushed for 530 yards and nine touchdowns, while freshman Aldreakis Allen matched Brown with nine scoring runs on 442 rushing yards. Finally, freshman SirChauncey Holloway rushed for 285 yards and seven touchdowns to round out Liberty's top three ground scoring options.

Despite the potent rushing attack, Liberty's passing game proved to be a valuable and useful weapon to head coach Danny Rocco and his three-time defending Big South championship squad.

Along with Brown and transfer quarterback Tommy Beecher, the Flames finished the year completing 68.1 percent of their team passing attempts. The figure set a new program record for passing efficiency and currently ranks No. 4 nationally in team passing completion.

Brown and Chris Summers were Liberty's top receiving options, with Brown's 60 receptions ranking as the fifth most by a receiver in program history. Brown, who was named the Big South Offensive Player of the Year, finished the year with 698 receiving yards and two scores.

Summers and tight end Will Quarles led the squad with four touchdown receptions each. Summers ranked just behind Brown with 603 receiving yards, while four of Quarles' nine receptions were for touchdowns.

Four of Liberty's starting five offensive linemen each garnered Big South all-conference honors this year, after the group helped Liberty nationally rank No. 2 in scoring offense, No. 21 in rushing offense, No. 25 in sacks allowed (1.36 per game), No. 27 in total offense (378.63 yards per game) and No. 49 in passing offense (205.55 yards per game).

Liberty's 2009 Big South All-Conference honorees:

Big South Offensive Player of the Year:
Mike Brown – So., WR/QB

Big South First-Team All-Conference:
WR – Mike Brown, So.
OL – Bryan Mosier, Sr.
OL – Josh Weaver, R-Sr.

Big South Second-Team All-Conference:
QB – Tommy Beecher, Sr.
WR – Chris Summers, So.
TE – Will Quarles, Sr.
OL – Mario Cosby, R-Sr.
OL – Alex Stadler, R-Jr.

During tomorrow's "2009 in Review" segment, LibertyFlames.com will take a look at how this past season effected the Flames record book, as the segment will take an in-depth look into the season's statistics and where the rank in terms of program history.