If Davis isn’t able to go, Blake Watson and Jon-Luke Peaker will likely get the majority of the shots in the back run. However, the offensive look will be tailored to the strengths of quarterback DJ Mack Jr.
Mack rushed for 57 yards and three scores against Hampton.
“I think anytime you have the ability to lead the quarterback it puts stress on the defenses. They have a very talented athlete at the quarterback who can lead it and throw it, ”Symons said. “Obviously, it’s part of their attack to lead the quarterback – a big part. They have a big O line and obviously they’re going to try to move us and push us, and we have to fight them. I think it will be a very physical football game.
Mack, a transfer from UCF, did not throw the ball steadily for two weeks. He only completed 42% of his passes for 201 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.
Liberty’s defense, which ranks among the top 15 in the country in running, points and total defense, limited Troy to 21 rushing yards last weekend.
ODU rushed for 120 rushing yards in the first half against Wake Forest, but had to abandon the race 25 points behind.
This will be Liberty’s goal in forcing Mack to beat the Flames in the air.