2. KEYS TO THE SEASON
Biggest Key To The Liberty Offense
The passing game needs to be more consistent. The running game will be terrific with the great backs in place, but with a four-year starting quarterback in Stephen Calvert, and with an experienced and explosive group of receivers, there’s no reason the passing game can’t be stronger and more efficient.
It only connected on 55% of the passes last season and didn’t do much of anything down the field late. The picks – 18 last year – have to slow down, and hitting 200 yards per game should be automatic. And on the other side …
Biggest Key To The Liberty Defense
Stop … the … run. The Flames were steamrolled over too often, allowing 2,662 yards and well over five yards per carry. The Flames were 4-1 when allowing fewer than 200 yards on the ground, and 2-5 when giving up more. In the six wins, the D gave up a total of five touchdown runs, and more than one just once. In the six losses? It allowed 22. That means …
Key Player To A Successful Season
DT Ralfs Rusins, Sr.
The 315-pound Rusins and seniors Vincent Elefante and Devin Pearson have to hold up on the inside. Rusins won’t be musth of an interior pass rusher, but he brings the bulk and the potential to rise up into more of an anchor. If it’s not him, then it has to be Pearson. Or Elefante. Or someone.
Key Game To The Liberty Season
at Virginia, Nov. 23
There’s a solid chance the Flames end up being good enough to get bowl eligible, but no matter what post-season game they’d get, nothing would beat coming up with a stunning win over Virginia late in the season.
The two schools are only 70 miles apart, and it would be a big, big moment for the Liberty program and for Hugh Freeze to pull this off. Both teams get a week off to prepare, but the Cavaliers will almost certainly be looking ahead to Virginia Tech.
– Liberty Schedule Breakdown & Analysis
2018 Liberty Fun Stats
– Penalties: Opponents 65 for 512 yards – Liberty 51 for 458 yards
– Liberty 3rd Quarter Scoring: 66 – 4th Quarter Scoring 101
– Average Yards Per Carry: Opponents 5.2 – Liberty 4.0