StateFans Player Profile: RB T.A. McLendon

StateFans takes a look at NC State Running Back T.A. McLendon.

T.A. McLendon

Junior Running Back

No. 44

5-11, 216 pounds

Albemarle (NC) High School

2003 stats

Hampered by injuries throughout his sophomore season, McLendon finished with 608 rushing yards and 9 TDs on 130 carries. The multi-dimensional running back also added another 40 receptions for 368 yards and 2 scores.

Awards

- 2002 ACC Rookie of the Year

- 2002 First-Team All-ACC

- 2002 NC State Most Valuable Offensive Back

High School Accolades

- #16 Running Back in the nation per Rivals.com

- #7 Running Back in the nation per PrepStar

- #69 player in the country according to Tom Lemming

- Max Emfinger All-American

- AP State Player of the Year

- Set National records for career TDs (178), season TDs (71) career rushing TDs (170), and career points (1,076)

Recruited By:

Wolfpack Running Backs Coach Dick Portee

2004 Outlook

McLendon's looking to bounce back from an injury-riddled sophomore season and become the focal point of the Wolfpack's rushing attack. With a strong offensive line and a young quarterback, NC State coaches will likely look for T.A. to carry the offensive load. When healthy, McLendon is arguably the nation's most talented running back. However, the question remains, can he stay healthy for an entire year?

Recognition potential

T.A.'s capable of having an All-American junior season given his immense talent and the weapons surrounding him. McLendon's poised for a huge 2004 year... one that could decide if he enters the 2005 NFL Draft or not.


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