Although McClain said he personally prefers defense, he's excited at the thought of playing running back. His friend, and current UConn senior, Terry Cully, told him he wants to run behind the Huskies' offensive line.
"I wouldn't mind getting a little taste of (running back)," McClain said. "(Cully) told me the offensive line, they are real young and a lot of the freshman got playing time … They will be a veteran line by the time I get to run behind them."
One thing is for sure, he will be playing on kickoff. McClain nearly tied the national record for kickoff returns for touchdowns in a season with five. It would have been six, he said, but:
"(The refs) called one back on me because they said I stepped out of bounds."
The senior, who runs a 4.4 forty-yard dash, also returned a punt 98-yards for a touchdown during the season.
McClain said he thinks if he plays well on special teams, where he feels most comfortable, it will help him make the adjustment to playing running back at the division one level.
"I believe I'll start right away at kick return," he said. "If I get used to that, I know running back will come naturally."