Last season | 8-3, 5-1 Big South.
Last playoff bid | N/A
Sept. 3 | at N.C. State | 6 p.m.
Sept. 10 | Robert Morris | 7
Sept. 17 | James Madison | 7
Sept. 24 | at Lehigh | 12:30
Oct. 1 | Kentucky Wesleyan | 7
Oct. 8 | at Gardner-Webb | 4
Oct. 15 | Coastal Carolina | 3:30
Oct. 22 | at Charleston Southern | 1:30
Oct. 29 | Presbyterian | 3:30
Nov. 5 | VMI | 3:30
Nov. 19 | at Stony Brook | 1
Is this the year? | Despite four consecutive seasons of at least eight victories, the Flames have yet to make their first Championship Subdivision playoff appearance.
Unstoppable O | Quarterback Mike Brown, FCS's total offense leader (346.4 yards per game) last season, headlines the eight returning starters from an offense that averaged 36.5 points, third nationally.
Promising D | Liberty is less-seasoned on defense with six returning starters. The anchor is a literal and virtual load in the form of 6-5, 380-pound nose guard Asa Chapman.
Sr. | 6-0 | 205 | QB
Among the nation's best dual-threat quarterbacks and the two-time Big South offensive player of the year. Passed for 2,956 yards and 23 touchdowns in 2010, rushed for 854 yards and nine scores.
Sr. | 6-4 | 210 | WR
Led the Flames last season with 76 receptions for 1,081 yards and 15 touchdowns, including season-bests of 11 for 146 and two scores in victory over Bowl Subdivision Ball State.
Sr. | 6-2 | 205 | PK
Warwick High graduate scored 105 points last season on 20-of-27 field goals and 45-of-46 PATs.
Sixth year at Liberty and overall (40-16)
Despite inheriting a 1-10 team, Rocco has guided Liberty to five consecutive winning seasons since arriving from Al Groh's Virginia staff.
By David TeelCopyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun