woodrumBSC Media Day
The Big South held their annual football media day this week in Atlanta. The festivities began Wednesday evening at the College Football Hall of Fame and carried over to Thursday. The Flames were picked to finish 2nd in the league behind favorite Coastal Carolina who received 15 of 21 first place votes (LU received the other 6). Charleston Southern was picked 3rd, with Presbyterian, Gardner-Webb, Monmouth, and first-year program Kennesaw State rounding out the league predictions.

The Flames and Chanticleers also led the conference in number of Preseason All-Conference selections with 8. Jonathan Burgess (OL), Max Sommer (OL), Darrin Peterson (WR), DJ Abnar (RB), Chima Uzowihe (DL), Hunter Winstead (LS), Trey Turner (P), and John Lunsford (K) were the selections for Liberty.

Both Josh Woodrum and Chima Uzowihe finished 2nd in voting for Big South Preseason Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year selections.

Liberty opens as 36.5 point favorite
The Flames have opened as a 36.5 point favorite over Delaware State (according to 5dimes), who Liberty faces in their season opener on September 5th. The Hornets were 2-10 last season and will be breaking in a new head coach, Kenneth Carter.

Where did all the transfers go?
As you know, there were 5 Flames who transferred from Liberty following last season: David Andoh, Jordan Dembley, Tomasz Gielo, Peter Moller, and Joe Retic. Where did they all end up? We’re glad you asked! David Andoh to St. Bonaventure in the A-10. Jordan Dembley transferred to Williston State, a junior college program in North Dakota. Tomasz Gielo transferred to Ole Miss in the SEC. Peter Moller transferred to Metro State, a Division II program in Denver. Joe Retic transferred to the University of Indianapolis, a Division II program in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Men’s basketball roster updated
The men’s basketball roster has been updated online, with no real surprises. The Flames have 6 newcomers in Hansel Atencia, Myo Baxter-Bell, Lovell Cabbil, Anthony Fields, Ryan Hiepler, and Caleb Homesley. The 2 European bigs Liberty signed under former head coach Dale Layer back in November are not listed, as we had expected.

Braxton Bonds transfers to JUCO
In the ongoing saga of former LU signee Braxton Bonds, the point guard has signed with Columbia State, a junior college program in Clifton, Tennessee. He will likely spend one season there before attempting to transfer to another Division I program next season.

FlameFans thread of the week
A Craft Soda discussion has broken out, and it’s this week’s thread of the week!