Mock Returns to Patrick Mannelly Award Watch List
A standout at his position for the last four seasons, Austin Mock continues to draw national attention for his efforts heading into the 2022 season.
For the second year in a row, Mock has been named to the Patrick Mannelly Award watch list, joining 24 other players on the preseason award watch list for the nation’s top long snapper.
The award was founded in 2019 and has been presented each of the last three seasons to John Shannon from Notre Dame (2019), Alabama’s Thomas Fletcher (2020) and Pittsburgh’s Cal Adomitis (2021).
Mock has served as Liberty’s starting long snapper for each of the last four seasons, including a string of 49 consecutive games.
The native of Lynchburg, Va., was named to the 2021 Phil Steele Postseason All-Independent first team and has been named to this year’s Phil Steele Preseason All-Independent team.
Last year, Mock helped starting punter Aidan Alves finish the year averaging a career-best 42.7 yards per punt (22 punts for 939 yards). Alves also recorded five punts of 50 or more yards and finished the season with nine punts inside the opponent’s 20-yard line.
Mock helped Liberty finish the 2021 season with an 8-5 record. The Flames ended the year by defeating Eastern Michigan in the LendingTree Bowl in Mobile, Ala., marking Liberty’s third-straight bowl game win.
Liberty is just one of five FBS teams in the country who have won a bowl game each of the last three seasons, joining Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky and Louisiana.
The Flames finished the 2021 season ranked No. 8 in the country in passing yards per completion (14.69), No. 25 in scoring offense (33.6 points per game) and No. 35 in first down offense (297) and total offense (436.2 yards per game).