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Jase McClellan shown putting in major offseason work ahead of sophomore season

Jase McClellan runs for an Alabama touchdown versus Kentucky
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Jase McClellan is going after more carries this season as a sophomore.

Regardless of the COVID-19 pandemic, the native Texan still recorded big plays in Alabama’s rushing attack. He collected two touchdowns, including the longest run (80 yards) by a running back in 2020. The former four-star averaged a team-high 10.6 yards per carry on 23 attempts.

Alabama secured an undefeated national championship with Najee Harris last year; however, McClellan looks to be more explosive.

Brad Lester, an elite performance coach at The Speed Genius in Atlanta, has been training McClellan this offseason. As a former Auburn standout, Lester helped Harris become a first-round pick in the NFL Draft.

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He feels that McClellan will be better than Harris, and he posted a video of the talented back performing drills.

In the video, McClellan is training on agility, footwork, and change of direction. He has a quick first step, but Lester is trying to make him faster.

A combination of speed and power (pass-blocking) is what he wants to build in McClellan.

A lot of fans were impressed with what they saw last season. He is ready for more responsibilities as he trains to create value for himself.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 15 years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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