Know your Opponent: Liberty

The Cardinals look to go 2-0 for the 2010 season as they take on the Liberty Flames, the No. 19 team in the FCS.

Liberty 2010 record: 1-0, beat St. Francis (PA), 52-7

Head Coach: Danny Roco (33-13, 5th season at Liberty)

Offensive Coordinator: Brandon Streeter

Defensive Coordinator: Tom Clark

Mascot: The Flames

Offensive starters:

QB – Mike Brown, 6-0 205, Jr.

TB – Korrey Davis, 5-10 190, So.

FB – Peter Gagliardi, 6-3 240, RFr.

WR – Pat Kelly, 6-3 200, So.

WR – Chris Summers, 6-4 190, Jr.

WR – B.J. Hayes, 5-9 190, Jr.

TE – Tommy Shaver, 6-6 255, Jr.

LT – Justin Vargas, 6-5 300, Sr.

LG – Malcolm Boyd, 6-4 280, So.

C – Matt Camire, 6-3 275, Sr.

RG – Alex Stadler, 6-2 315, Sr.

RT – Soeren Wendland, 6-7 290, Sr.

Overview: It all begins and ends with the man under center, Jr. QB Mike Brown threw for 338 yards and 4 TDs in the season opener against St. Francis (PA). Brown, who has 15 starts under his belt in a little over a season at the helm of the high powered Flames attack, has a trio of capable receivers in Summers (7 rec., 129 yards, 2 TDs), Hayes (7 for 110 & 1 TD) and Kelly (4 for 115 and 1 TD). The ground game seems to be done by committee with Davis (10 carries for 38 yards), Chase Barnett (8 for 56) and SirChauncey Holloway (7 for 49 and 1 TD) all sharing the workload. The offensive line is an experienced group with 4 seniors led by RG Stadler, who has 17 starts to his credit.

Defensive starters:

DE – Patrick Bannon, 6-4 245, Sr.

-or- Daryl Robertson, 6-2 285, Sr.

NT – Asa Champman, 6-5 380, Jr.

DE – Terry Adams, 6-0 255, Sr.

MIKE – Doncel Bolt, 6-3 230, Sr.

-or- Chad Brown, 6-2 240, Sr.

DLB – Mike Connolly, 6-2 245, Jr.

JLB – Kyle O'Donnell, 6-2 240, Sr.

ADJ – Brent Vinson, 6-1 195, So.

WS – Brandon Robinson, 6-1 165, Jr.

FS – Larry Claiborne, 6-0 190, Jr.

CB – Donald Manns, 5-9 185, Sr.

CB – KaJuan Lee, 6-0 185, So.

Overview: This group, which held St. Francis to just 7 points and 219 total yards last week is led by FS Claiborne (6 tackles and a pass break up) and LBs Brown (5 tackles) and Bolt (5 tackles). Pressure up front is supplied by Bannon who posted 6 sacks a season ago and had one last week.

Specials

PK – Matt Bevins, 6-2 185, Jr.

P – Mike Larsson, 5-10 175, Jr.

PR - B.J. Hayes, 5-9 190, Jr.

KR – Danny Broggin, 6-0 210, Sr.

-or- B.J. Hayes, 5-9 190, Jr.

Overview: Bevins made a 33 yard kick and missed a 52 yarder last week while also connecting on all 6 of his extra points. Larsson – believe or not – actually punted last week and went for a 39.0 average on his 2 kicks.


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