Chris Megginson started his Liberty career at safety, and the local star from Heritage High School in Lynchburg was an immediate impact player as a true freshman in 2019. Prior to the start of the 2020 campaign, Megginson moved to corner back, and he became a starter on the outside for the Flames starting all 11 games. Megginson finished the season with 30 tackles, 1 interception, and 3 pass deflections. Liberty will look for him to take that next step as he enters his second full season as a starter.
Similarly, Marcus Haskins joined the Flames as a safety after transferring in prior to the start of the 2020 season. After a few games, Haskins was moved to corner where he ended up starting nine games to go along with his 30 tackles, 1 interception, and a team-leading 9 pass deflections. He has the ability to play either safety or corner ahd brings with him the natural instincts of being able to make plays on the ball.
Liberty turned to the transfer portal to help bolster the corner position and picked up former UTEP defensive back Duron Lowe. Lowe has one season of eligibility remaining after he played in 7 games for the Miners in 2020, starting all 7 games and finishing with 19 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 1 pass breakup, 1 forced fumble, and 1 fumble recovery. Lowe also excelled as a kick returner as he has taken a kickoff back to the house each of the past two seasons. He could develop into the team’s shutdown corner this fall.
“Duron Lowe, I think’s going to be a guy you can put to the field and say guard a guy,” Liberty head coach Hugh Freeze said. “(He) has had a really good spring.”
Super senior Jimmy Faulks brings a wealth of experience to Liberty’s secondary. He could spell one of the starters or fill in for an injury with no issues. Deon Biggins played in 9 games last season as a true freshman, and the Flames’ coaching staff is high on his potential moving forward.
“Biggins, I think, is going to be really good, you just got to bring him along,” Freeze said. “He’s just a freshman, but he’s already improved a lot since his time getting here. Really pleased with Jimmy Faulks and his attitude, his leadership in that room too, and he’s competing which that hasn’t always been the case, really pleased with that.”
Liberty also welcomed in Division II transfer Daijahn Anthony who joined the team this spring from Shepherd University. He started in 5 games and played in 10 during 2019 as a true freshman, making 14 tackles with 2 interceptions. During his time on the field this spring, he turned heads and could find some playing time this season.
“Daijahn Anthony is a wild card,” said Freeze. “He could be a boundary corner. If he continues to impress, I could see him playing some, maybe a lot. I’m not ready to say that, but he is big and physical and into the boundary can be a handful if he gets his hands on you.”
“We’ve said since we’ve been here we need to elevate that room, it needs to have more depth and more kids that we can put on an island and guard, whether it be a boundary guy or field guy,” said Freeze. “Obviously, we think we’ve added some good kids there. Coach Hunley is working on developing all those guys. I’ve been pleased. There is no question we are better than we were.”