McClendon: "I Do Want That Starting Job"

RALEIGH, N.C. -- NC State sophomore quarterback Jalan McClendon meets with the media after the Wolfpack's first spring practice.

There's a chance you can be the man this year. How does that change spring practice for you?
It's still a competition between me and Jakobi... as a backup last year. It's a competition. Everybody wants the starting job so I'm not going to say I want to be behind him. I do want that starting job, and we're both working for it.

Does it change the dynamic when there is a competition?
It does change it because you know you have someone behind you who is just as good.  It makes it that much harder, knowing you have someone behind you.  You can't make any mistakes. If you do, that could jeopardize your job.

So each rep is important?
We both take our reps very seriously because we know if somebody messes up that's the next person's job.

What is your biggest skill?
I think I can lead guys. We'll get into the endzone, that's the biggest thing. That's the biggest thing for the coaches too... they are looking for a guy that can lead them down the field. I believe I can do that.

What about the new offensive system?
It's not that much of a difference. It's just new terminology, new twists. I really like it so far.

We only have a few plays in, but so far I really, really like it.

We're hearing a lot about his demeanor...
He's a young guy and he has that exciting personality about him. The whole team just likes that... we just get good vibes from him.

You're close to being the starter... is it a cool situation?
As a kid you dream of being a starting quarterback as a college somewhere.  Now it's right here. I just have to live up to it.

How much support are you getting from your teammates?
All my teammates think I can get the job and support me.  They are supporting Jakobi too because he's a good guy. We're both basically the same almost.  They are supporting both of us.

Are you getting a lot of support from your family back in Charlotte?
My mom is probably my biggest supporter right now.  That's pretty cool... that's pretty much everybody though. My mom was a single parent so I know it's special for her.

What did you learn from Jacoby Brissett?
I can't even put into words. He's going to the NFL and did a good job here. The biggest thing I got from him was to be a great leader and everything else will fall in place. We both had talent, arm strength... just be a leader.

You're not going to have one of those ragged beards are you?
Oh no.  It's nothing against Jacoby, I just thought that [beard] was a bad look. I'm going to keep it clean.


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