Clark was a highly-touted recruit when he arrived at SU in 2015, and contributed right away on the interior line, playing in 12 games as a freshman and recording 21 tackles. As a sophomore, he started nine games at nose tackle, tallying 16 tackles overall. However, he missed the final three games with an injury.
This offseason, it was discovered that Clark had a rare condition that resulted in blood clots, a condition that ultimately led to Syracuse disqualifying him from playing football. Clark and his family received opinions from specialists around the condition, and those specialists ultimately cleared him. However, the Orange medical staff did not upon appeal.
Shortly after it was found out last week that Clark would not be reinstated, he was offered by Western Michigan, a program now run by former SU offensive coordinator Tim Lester. Lester also has Tim Daoust as his defensive coordinator and Jake Moreland serving as co-offensive coordinator. Couple those personnel decisions with Jason Emerich’s hire as a quality control assistant and now Clark’s transfer, and it’s clear that WMU is becoming a second home for Orange football.
Clark would sit this season, and then be eligible to play two more for the Broncos in 2018 and 2019. Coincidentally, that’s when Syracuse will face WMU on the gridiron.
Good luck to Steven going forward.