Freshman quarterback Jalan McClendon has impressed during the early portion of fall camp. While boasting arguably the strongest arm on the team, McClendon is still learning the offense and adjusting to the college game. Pack Pride caught up with him recently to find out how he's progressing.
How big of a challenge is it for a quarterback making the jump
from leading a high school team to taking over a college offense?
It's a challenge. I mean, every freshman has that challenge but it's
not too hard. Once you learn the play book and study real hard you
get used to it.
How far do you feel like you've come since the Shrine Bowl last
I think I'm just taking it all in right now. I'm just learning from
Jacoby (Brissett), Garrett (Leatham) and those guys. I'm trying to
learn from coach Canada and what they have to say and just take it
Is this biggest thing right now just the mental side of it?
Just learning the offense and how to read a defense and knowing what
everyone has to do on certain assignments are really the main things
for me right now.
Are Jacoby and Garrett helping to bring you along?
Coach Doeren mentioned that in a perfect world he'd like for you
to red shirt this year.
Whatever the coaches see that is best for me, I'm with it.
Who are some of the receivers that you've been able to develop
some chemistry with so far?
I've been able to build a relationship with guys like Maurice Trowell. I played with him in the Shrine Bowl. And then, pretty much
just the whole receiving corps has taken me in as one of their own,
viweing me as a brother and just helping me along.
Coming in as a freshman and one of the new guys, are there any
Yeah, I was pretty nervous but I think that's true of every freshman
but once you get used to it, it's not too bad.
Did the older players help out to make all the new guys feel like
a part of the team?
Yeah, definitely. Coach Doeren said he doesn't view us as freshmen
any more. They view us just like everyone else.
PACK PRIDE Q&A: Jalan McClendon
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