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Success hasn't translated into an FCS playoff berth for Liberty

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THE VITALS

Last season | 8-3, 5-1 Big South.

Last playoff bid | N/A

THE SCHEDULE

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

THE STORYLINES

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.

THE STANDOUTS

Mike Brown

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.

Chris Summers

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.

Matt Bevins

Sr. | 6-2 | 205 | PK

Warwick High graduate scored 105 points last season on 20-of-27 field goals and 45-of-46 PATs.

THE COACH

Danny Rocco

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 Teel

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