The Razorbacks’ depth on the defensive line took a hit Wednesday as redshirt sophomore Daytrieon Dean announced this plans to leave the program via transfer. Dean failed to make an appearance on the field for Arkansas last season after redshirting his first season on campus.

Dean did not express any frustration and even gave thanks to head coach Bret Bielema and his coaching staff in his statement announcing his plans to leave the program. A native of Fort Smith, Ark., Dean also expressed gratitude for the opportunity to play for his home state school. His full statement can be read below:

Arkansas is currently in a defensive transition following the departure of coordinator Robb Smith and the promotion of Paul Rhoads. Not only are the defenders on the Razorback roster dealing with a new defensive leader but a complete transition to a base 3-4 defense from the base 4-3 system run under Smith. This transition may have led to Dean’s decision to leave the program.

Dean was a three-star signee in the 2015 recruiting cycle who enrolled early after signing with Arkansas. He signed with the Razorbacks over scholarship offers from Ole Miss, Oklahoma State, and Arkansas State. He was awarded the 2014 Dan Hampton Award by the Little Rock Touchdown Club. This award is annually given to the Arkansas high school defensive lineman of the year.