Preview 2018: Liberty Flames. The Pesky New Guy Crashes The Party

Preview 2018: Liberty Flames. The Pesky New Guy Crashes The Party

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Preview 2018: Liberty Flames. The Pesky New Guy Crashes The Party


What You Need To Know About The Liberty Offense

– The stellar passing game of last year should be every bit as amazing. The Flames get back QB Stephen Calvert, who threw for 3,363 yards and 29 scores along with all of the top targets. Antonio Gandy-Golden leads a loaded receiving corps for a quick-hitting passing game that’s big on tempo, and is terrific at keeping the chains moving.

– The running game isn’t just along for the ride, but the passing attack controls the offense. Leading rusher Carrington Mosley is done, and now it’ll be up to 5-8, 200-pound Frankie Hickson to lead the rotation after running for 375 yards and two scores.

In this offense, it’s about quickness, and it’s about backs who can catch – a few of the younger options will be in the mix right away. The best back on the roster will have to wait until next year to go. Maine’s Josh Mack – who led the FCS in yards per game with 1,355 on the season – won’t be eligible until 2018.

– The line that did a solid job in pass protection returns most of the key parts. It was a young line with three underclassmen starting, and now four starters are back around 6-1, 310-pound Dontae Duff. There’s not a whole ton of bulk up front – outside of the bowling ball, Duff – but with all the backups returning along with the experience, this should be a solid line.

Biggest Key To The Liberty Offense

There needs to be a bit more pop to the ground game. Again, the passing attack will do most of the heavy lifting, but the Flames have to find a bit more for a ground game that was okay – averaging four yards per carry – but didn’t exactly balance out the attack. It’s a relatively thin group of backs going into fall camp – both literally and on the depth chart.

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