THE GANDY-GOLDEN BOY
The Flames, winners of eight games, and holders of a 23-16 Cure Bowl triumph over Georgia Southern, saw one player selected in the 2020 NFL Draft. That player was star wide receiver Antonio Gandy-Golden, who was picked by the Washington Redskins in the fourth round.
Over his time in Lynchburg, Gandy-Golden strung together three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons. That culminated in a 1,396-yard senior season catching passes from Buckshot Calvert. The Gandy-Golden boy is Liberty’s all-time record holder in a plethora of categories, including career receiving yards (3,814), receptions (240), and touchdowns (33).
TURNING LEMONS INTO LEMONIER
Defensive end Jesse Lemonier was one of three Liberty players signed to undrafted free agent deals. He transferred to the Flames from the junior college ranks.
Over 25 games at Liberty, Lemonier dominated opposing offensive lines to the tune of 20.5 sacks and 29 tackles for loss. Lemonier signed with the Los Angeles Chargers.
FROM WALK-ON TO NFL PLAYER
Elijah Benton came to Liberty as a walk-on and emerged as an NFL player. Over the course of his time at Liberty, Benton saw the program go from FCS to Cure Bowl champs.
Benton played in 23 games since the transition and his senior season was huge as he had 85 tackles. Benton’s seven passes defended as a senior ranked the third highest in independents. The safety has signed with the Cleveland Browns.
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Solomon Ajayi, another JUCO transfer, joins brother Jay in the NFL.
During his time in Lynchburg, Ajayi played linebacker and made 165 tackles over 25 games with two picks, two fumble recoveries and a touchdown. Ajayi’s 92 tackles as a senior were good for third among Independents.
Ajayi was also picked up by the Cleveland Browns.
SAY BONJOUR TO BEJOUR
Bejour Wilson, also a JUCO transfer, played cornerback for 25 games at Liberty. Wilson picked off six passes and made 76 tackles over his time in Lynchburg. He ranked 13th in Independent history with 13 passes defended in a career while his three interceptions as a senior were good for third-best among independents.
Wilson signed with the Arizona Cardinals.