PACK PRIDE Q&A: Jalan McClendon

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Pack Pride checks in with quarterback Jalan McClendon to find out how he's progressing in fall camp.

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 December?
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 all in.

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?
Yes sir.

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 nerves involved?
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.

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