The Liberty Flames concluded the 2023 season at 13-1, posting the best year the program has ever experienced. Now, under second year head coach Jamey Chadwell the Flames are looking to repeat as Conference USA champs and perhaps even reach the expanded 12-team College Football Playoff.

Based on how the roster looks now, here’s a look at the players who will determine how successful Liberty is in 2024, presented in no particular order…


Quarterback is always an important position. We saw just how special and talented Kaidon Salter is last year, and we heard how much of a step he took in the spring. He will be on the short list of the top Group of Five quarterbacks in the country and a darkhorse to be considered among the Heisman hopefuls. If KSalt can continue his growth, the Flames will compete for a CUSA championship and be in contention for a CFP spot as the top ranked G5 team.


It’s difficult to pick one person in this room and the one person we would pick might not be on the current roster. The Flames have options in the receiving room, it just needs someone to step forward and establish themselves as the go to receiver. CJ Daniels did it in 2023 and it allowed the team to take the next step offensively. Who can do that for the 2024 season? Could it be Tyson Mobley, the Coastal Carolina transfer? Perhaps Treon Sibley? Maybe Donte Lee? Maybe someone the staff is able to bring in through the portal this spring?


Liberty’s offensive line has a chance to be just as good as it was a season ago. Chase Mitchell will have a huge part in that unit’s success. He has stepped into more of a leadership role and even switched positions, to left guard, in the spring. If he is able to hold down the left guard spot, it allows Jack Tucker to slide into the starting lineup at left tackle. Regardless, Mitchell is a huge part of the offensive line unit’s success in 2024.


Dixon will look to step into a leadership role on the interior of Liberty’s defensive line. He has seen his production on the field increase each of his first two years in the program, and now he could grow into an all-conference level performer.


The Flames lost a couple of key contributors at corner to the transfer portal, but Amarian Williams returns after spending the 2023 season as a starter. Liberty will need him to provide the same level of production he did last season while also taking on a larger role as a team leader.