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Coach's Corner: Rocco Reviews 2010 Season

December 17, 2010  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Coach's Corner: Rocco Reviews 2010 Season

Roughly a month removed from his fifth season at Liberty, had a chance to sit down with head football coach Danny Rocco to review the 2010 season and talk about recruiting.

The Flames accomplished a first in 2010, becoming the first program in Big South Conference history to win four-straight Big South titles. For the second year in a row, Liberty finished league action with a 5-1 record, sharing the title with Stony Brook and Coastal Carolina.

Overall, Liberty finished the season with an 8-3 record, capping off the most successful four-year span in program history. Liberty's 2010 senior class closed out their run on Liberty Mountain with a 34-11 record, winning eight or more games all four years.

Additionally, Liberty finished off its fourth year in a row with eight or more wins, joining Appalachian State and Dayton as the only FCS programs in the country to reach the eight-win plateau each year since 2007.

Once again, the Flames had one of the more prolific offenses in the country. Liberty finished the year ranked No. 3 nationally in total offense (459.91) and No. 4 in scoring offense (36.45 points per game).

Unlike years past, during which the Flames regularly rushed for 2,000 or more yards, Liberty took to the air in 2010, as they were the No. 7 passing offense in the country (288.91 passing yards per game). Liberty's passing success was due mostly because of the sensational season put together by quarterback Mike Brown and wide receiver Chris Summers.

Brown, a Walter Payton Award nominee, finished the season ranked No. 1 in the country in total offense (346.36 yards per game), as he rushed for 854 yards and threw for another 2,956 yards. He finished with 32 of Liberty's 47 touchdowns and ranked No. 5 nationally in points responsible for (17.45 per game).

Brown's favorite target was Summers, who shattered Liberty's receiving records. The junior led the country with 15 touchdown receptions and set a new program and conference standard with 1,081 receiving yards.

Not to be outdone by their high-powered offensive counterparts, Liberty's defensive unit posted another Top 20 season, as the Flames ranked No. 18 nationally in total defense (309.18 yards allowed per game).

Liberty's stout defense was a total-team effort, as Kyle O'Donnell was the lone Flame to finish the year ranked inside the Big South's Top 25 in tackles (No. 8 with 6.8 tackles per game).

At the end of the season, Liberty dominated Big South honors once again. The Flames had 13 all-conference honorees (nine first-team selections), leading the league in postseason honors for the fifth-straight year. Brown took home the league's top honor, as he became the second player in Big South history to repeat as Offensive Player of the Year.