Liberty football began spring practice Thursday morning under new head coach Jamey Chadwell as the Flames prepare for the 2023 season, the first for the program in Conference USA.

As the team opened spring ball, it did so without a familiar face in defensive end Treshaun Clark who is no longer with the program, Coach Chadwell announced.

“He’s not with us,” said Chadwell when asked about Clark. “He’s taking classes to graduate, but he’s not part of our program currently. That happened before I got here.”

Clark, who had one season of eligibility remaining which would have been his COVID year, has been a starter at defensive end for the last four seasons for the Flames. As a true freshman in 2019, Clark played in 13 games while making seven starts. He exploded onto the scene that campaign with 39 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, and 5.5 sacks.

In 2020, Clark started all 11 games while recorded 38 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, and 5.5 sacks. In 2021, Clark started in 12 of 13 games he played as he finished the year with 44 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, and 3.5 sacks. This past season, Clark started in all 10 games he played for Liberty, making 32 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss and 5 sacks.

With Clark no longer in the fold, it leaves the door open at defensive end. We could see Stephen Sings V, Khristian Zachary, or some younger players break into that starting position. It will certainly be a position battle we watch during the spring.