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    79John Kourtis

    Class: R-Sophomore Position: OL Height: 6-5 Weight: 320 Previous School: Canada Prep Hometown: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    2020 (R-So.):
    • Saw playing time in all 11 games as a backup at center
    • Member of the Flames special teams units
    • Helped the Flames finish the year ranked No. 9 nationally in rushing offense (252.4 yards per game), No. 15 in total offense (482.7 yards per game) and No. 16 in scoring offense (38.2 points per game)
    • Liberty ranked No. 12 in the country in first down offense (273)
    • Liberty ranked No. 15 in the nation in time of possession (32:58)
    • Liberty ranked No. 22 in the country in team passing efficiency (154.51)
    • Liberty ranked No. 8 in fourth-down conversion percent (77.3 percent)
    • Liberty ranked No. 17 in third-down conversion percent (48.0 percent)
    • Helped block for Malik Willis, who led all FBS quarterbacks with 944 rushing yards and 14 rushing touchdowns

    2019 (R-Fr.):
    • Saw playing time in 10 games as a backup at center
    • Helped the Flames record 39 pancake blocks during the season
    • Was part of an offensive line that helped quarterback Stephen Calvert finish his career as Liberty’s all-time leader in career passing yards (12,025) and touchdowns (93)
    • Liberty’s offensive line allowed Calvert to post the longest streak in the country among FBS quarterbacks by completing 295 passing attempts without an interception in 2019
    • Liberty finished the 2019 season ranked No. 21 nationally in passing yards per game (288.9)
    • Liberty finished the 2019 season ranked No. 32 in total offensive yards per game (439.4)
    • Protected a pair of 1,000-yard performers in running back Frankie Hickson (1,041 yards rushing) and wide receiver Antonio Gandy-Golden (1,396 receiving yards)

    2018 (Fr.):
    • Redshirted after seeing playing time in two games
    • Played in Liberty’s season opening game against Old Dominion and 2018 finale against Norfolk State

    Prep:
    • Graduated from Canada Prep Academy
    • Two-way starter at defensive end and tight end as a freshman
    • Started at center as a member of the varsity team
    • Played for the No. 1 ranked prep football team in Canada as a sophomore
    • Two-year captain as a junior and senior
    • Started at right tackle as a junior and left tackle as a senior

    Personal:
    • Son of Cecilia Fulton and Larry Kourtis
    • Birthday is on July 9
    • Graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sport management in May 2021

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