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Liberty Relying on Experience

By Brad Zahar, bzahar@wdbj7.com
Published On: Aug 22 2013 10:50:30 PM EDT
Updated On: Aug 30 2013 07:36:51 PM EDT

Following a 1-9 season two years ago, the Liberty Minutemen rebounded and made it to the playoffs last year. Coach Chris Watts and company return a solid backfield with Quarterback Austin Porter and Running Back Matthew Smith-- two guys Watts is hoping will lead the way for the rest of the team.

“We run an option-style offense,” Watts said. “To have returning players should make a big difference. You know it’s early right now so I’m not going to make any bold predictions, but it should make a big difference that these guys know what they’re doing and they’re comfortable with what we’re trying to accomplish. We should be able to pick up where we left off last year.”

Last season, offense wasn't a problem, with the Minutemen averaging 31 points per game. This year they're looking to be a more balanced team-- with solid offense and defense. And in order to do that, they'll need to find a combination of players that works.

“We’ve moved some guys to different positions and we’ve used these scrimmages—the last one and this Friday—to try to figure out who’s going where,” Watts said. “We’ve got a lot of different guys in a lot of different places and just to find out who fits best. We want to get our best players on the field wherever that happens to be.”