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Spring Football Recap with Coach Clark

May 6, 2010  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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In's continuing series where the web site recaps Liberty's spring football practice season, today, correspondent Nick Pierce had a chance to sit down with defensive coordinator Tom Clark.

Last year, Liberty's high-powered offense grabbed most of the media attention, as Liberty finished the year ranked No. 1 in the country in scoring offense (36.36 points per game). However, Liberty's defensive unit was just as stout, as the Flames finished the year ranked No. 24 in scoring defense (19.09).

Liberty was one of eight FCS teams in the country to finish inside the Top 25 in both scoring offense and scoring defense.

Since Clark joined head coach Danny Rocco's staff for the 2006 season, Liberty has allowed an average of 18.9 points per game, resulting in the best four-year stretch of Liberty football in program history (32-13).

The Flames will be returning five starters from last year's squad, with four of the five starters ranking among the program's top six tacklers from last year.

Liberty's top returning defenders will be Doncel Bolt and Chad Brown, who were both named defensive team captains at Liberty's annual spring game. Bolt finished second on the team last year with 62 tackles, including six tackles for a loss, and Brown finished fourth with 51 tackles.