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    Flames Place 8 on VaSID All-State Football Team

    Jan 24, 2023 | Lynchburg Va | Football

    Liberty placed eight players on the 2022 VaSID All-State University Division All-State Football team, including five first-team selections.

    Liberty’s Shedro Louis highlighted the Flames’ all-state selections as the junior was named the 2022 VaSID Special Teams Player of the Year.

    Louis, who’s now a three-time Phil Steele All-Independent return specialist, had 19 kick returns for 461 yards, averaging 24.3 per attempt. He had a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against Virginia Tech, matching his career long.

    The native of Immokalee, Fla. also added 529 rushing yards and eight scores on the ground at the running back position. This season, he ranked No. 22 in the FBS in kick return average and was 31st in combined kick return yardage. Louis is the first Liberty player ever to be voted VaSID Special Teams Player of the Year.

    Liberty’s five first-team all-state selections included: Durrell Johnson (DL), Louis (RS), Austin Mock (LS), Dennis Osagiede (DL) and Brendan Schlittler (OL).

    The Flames three second-team all-state selections included: Demario Douglas (WR), Dae Dae Hunter (RB) and Cam Reddy (OL).

    Johnson, an All-America defensive end, finished the 2022 season with 27.5 tackles for a loss, besting the previous program record of 25.0 TFLs set by Jason Wells in 2000.

    The native of Baltimore, Md., finished the year ranked No. 1 in the country in tackles for a loss in 2022 and was one of three players in the country with 20+ TFLs in 2022 (Cincinnati’s Ivan Pace, Jr. – 21.5; USC’s Tuli Tuiputotu – 22.0).

    Mock served as Liberty’s long snapper for 61 consecutive games, starting each game in the role since the beginning of the 2018 season.

    He was a 2022 Patrick Mannelly Award semifinalist, an award given annually to the top long snapper in the country. Mock was also named to the Phil Steele Postseason All-Independent in 2021 (first team) and 2022 (second team).

    During his lone season with the Flames, Osagiede helped Liberty’s defense finish 2022 ranked No. 1 in the country in tackles for a loss (9.3 per game) and No. 3 in sacks (3.46 per game).

    The Stephen F. Austin transfer ranked second on Liberty’s 2022 roster in tackles for a loss (12.5/54 yards) and in sacks (6.0/45 yards). Overall, he finished the year with 37 tackles (12 solo, 25 assisted).

    Schlittler is making his second appearance on a VaSID all-state team after earing second-team honors in 2020. The native of Eureka, Mo., is a three-time Phil Steele Postseason All-Independent second-team selection and was named to the 2022 Outland Trophy Watch List (Best College Football Interior Lineman).

    Douglas finished his days in a Liberty uniform with 172 career receptions for 2,193 yards and 16 touchdowns. During his final season at Liberty, Douglas missed posting 1,000 yards by seven, ending the 2022 campaign with 79 receptions for 993 yards.

    The native of Jacksonville, Fla., finished his career with a program record 54 career punt returns, including a pair of punt returns for a touchdown.

    Douglas ranked No. 19 in the country in receptions per game (6.1), No. 28 in receiving yards (993) and No. 36 in all-purpose yards (112.54 per game).

    Hunter burst onto the scene for the Flames in 2022 after transferring to Liberty from Hawaii. Despite missing the final four games of the year, he led the Flames in rushing attempts (130), yards (854) and tied for team-high honors with eight rushing touchdowns.

    He finished the year ranked No. 9 in the country in rush yards per carry (6.57) and No. 24 in rushing yards per game (94.9).

    Reddy was named to the 2022 Phil Steele Postseason All-Independent Second Team after starting all 13 games at center for the Flames.

    The native of Franklin, Mass., saw playing time in 86.8 percent of Liberty’s offensive snaps in 2022 and graded out at 62.0 percent (by The Colorado State transfer was 2020 and 2021 All-Mountain West honorable mention and was named to the 2020 Rimington Trophy Award watch list.

    2022 VaSID University Division All-State Football Team

    Offensive Player of the Year: Todd Centeio, James Madison
    Defensive Player of the Year: John Pius, William & Mary
    Special Teams Player of the Year: Shedro Louis, Liberty
    Coach of the Year: Mike London, William & Mary
    Offensive Rookie of the Year: Kaelon Black, James Madison
    Defensive Rookie of the Year: Jalen Jones, William & Mary

    First Team – Offense

    QB – Todd Centeio, James Madison
    QB – Reece Udinski, Richmond
    RB – Percy Agyei-Obese, James Madison
    RB – Bronson Yoder, William & Mary
    WR – Ali Jennings, Old Dominion
    WR – Kris Thornton, James Madison
    TE – Lachlan Pitts, William & Mary
    OL – Ryan Coll, Richmond
    OL – Charles Grant, William & Mary
    OL – Nick Kidwell, James Madison
    OL – Brendan Schlittler, Liberty
    OL – Colby Sorsdal, William & Mary

    First Team – Defense

    DL – James Carpenter, James Madison
    DL – Durrell Johnson, Liberty
    DL – Dennis Osagiede, Liberty
    DL – Isaac Ukwu, James Madison
    LB – Nick Jackson, Virginia
    LB – John Pius, William & Mary
    LB – Stone Snyder, VMI
    CB – Fentrell Cypress, Virginia
    CB – Anthony Johnson, Virginia
    S – Aaron Banks, Richmond
    S – Jonas Sanker, Virginia

    First Team – Special Teams

    PK – Ethan Chang, William & Mary
    P – Daniel Sparks, Virginia
    RS – Shedro Louis, Liberty
    SPEC – Austin Mock, Liberty

    Second Team – Offense

    QB – Darius Wilson, William & Mary
    RB – Aaron Dykes, Richmond
    RB – Dae Dae Hunter, Liberty
    WR – Demario Douglas, Liberty
    WR – Aaron Dykes, Richmond
    TE – Drew Painter, James Madison
    OL – Silas Dzansi, Virginia Tech
    OL – Kaden Moore, Virginia Tech
    OL – Joe More, Richmond
    OL – Cam Reddy, Liberty
    OL – Nick Saldiveri, Old Dominion

    Second Team – Defense

    DL – Chico Bennett, Virginia
    DL – Jamare Edwards, James Madison
    DL – Marlem Louis, Richmond
    DL – Nate Lynn, William & Mary
    LB – Jason Henderson, Old Dominion
    LB – Taurus Jones, James Madison
    LB – Tristan Wheeler, Richmond
    CB – Jalen Jones, William & Mary
    CB – Alex Oliver, VMI
    S – Tye Freeland, William & Mary
    S – Sam Kidd, James Madison

    Second Team – Special Teams

    PK – Jake Larson, Richmond
    P – Sam Clark, James Madison
    RS – Demick Starling, Virginia
    SPEC – Robert Soderholm, VMI