The UK football team defeats Alabama State 48-14, on Saturday, November 2, 2013, in Lexington's Commonwealth Stadium.
His performance was one of the pleasant developments of the 2013 season ... Officially listed as a cornerback, he evolved into the team's nickelback, a combination defensive back/linebacker that requires excellence in pass defense and run support ... Played so well that the coaches started him for the final 11 games of the season, seldom using a third linebacker because of the efficiency of his play.
2013 (Freshman): Turned in a fine performance at nickelback, recording 59 tackles, which was tied for the third-most on the squad ... Tied for the team lead in pass breakups with five ... Had one sack and one fumble forced ... Career high 12 tackles vs. Georgia ... Had five or more tackles six times ... Played all 12 games, starting the last 11 of the season.
High School: Versatile defensive back could be either a cornerback or safety on the collegiate level ... Considered the nation's No. 66 safety by ESPN.com, which says McClain's strengths are zone coverage, ball skills and run support ... The No. 61 cornerback by Rivals.com ... Good senior season at Winter Park (Fla.) HS, gathering 60 tackles and three interceptions, including one for a touchdown ... Ended his high school career with nine picks ... Also played wide receiver, with two receiving touchdowns his senior season ... Ranked as the No. 25 prospect on the Orlando Sentinel's 2013 Central Florida Super60 ... The Orlando Sentinel wrote that McClain "has top-notch footwork and an ability to keep his hips parallel to the line of scrimmage to keep quarterbacks at bay." ... Named a Central Florida All-Star ... Coached by Larry Gergley ... Has been timed at 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash ... All-around athlete who also played basketball.
Personal: Born in Orlando, Fla. ... Son of Marlon McClain and Kelli Edwards ... Considering a major in communication.