Entering the spring, Liberty football will rely on a few key returners at corner to help lead the position unit in 2023. Among those include Kobe Singleton, Daijahn Anthony, and Amarian Williams.
New Liberty cornerbacks coach Dino Waites, who spent the 2022 season at VMI, will try to mold the group of returners with some newcomers and young talent as the Flames move into Conference USA this fall.
Singleton transferred to Liberty from Southern Utah for the 2022 season. He played in all 13 games, while starting 10, at corner for the Flames. He recorded 26 tackles and 2 interceptions. He has proven to be a valuable piece for Liberty at corner.
Alongside Singleton, Liberty welcomes back Daijahn Anthony and Amarian Williams. Anthony played in 12 games in 2022 while making one start as he recorded 27 tackles and 2 interceptions. Williams played in 13 games, starting 3, and recorded 20 tackles. Those three are the frontrunners to lead the Liberty corner back room entering 2023.
JUCO transfer Marquis Bell could also work his way into some playing time this fall. Bell is a 5’11”, 175 pound corner who has three seasons of eligibility remaining. He comes to Liberty from Palomar Junior College in California. In 10 games played there this past season, Bell recorded 37 tackles, 4 TFLs, 7 PBUs, and 3 interceptions.
Another addition, Elijah Hopkins played in four games during the 2022 season at Coastal Carolina, his first year with the program. The 5’10”, 170 pound athlete has four seasons of eligibility remaining as he was able to redshirt this past season. Hopkins was a three-star recruit out of high school where he starred at Vanguard High School. He chose Coastal over Tennessee, South Florida, UAB, Southern Miss, Arkansas State, and Florida A&M.
Preston Hodge is a versatile weapon for Liberty in the secondary. He played in 12 games last season, but is most likely to spend the majority of his time at safety. The Flames also have others who could also provide depth at corner including Deon Biggins, Antwon Jackson, Dexter Ricks, Jr., and incoming true freshman Jamal Miles.
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