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Alabama RB Jase McClellan is set to return stronger after injury in 2021

Jase McClellan breaks a tackle against Florida
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Jase McClellan is ready to remind people he is an all-purpose running back.

The native Texan was having a good sophomore season for Alabama in 2021. He recorded five touchdowns — including three receiving scores — before suffering a knee injury versus Ole Miss. McClellan had three touchdowns against Mercer as a runner, receiver, and return specialist. He rushed for a score, caught a touchdown pass, and returned a blocked punt for a touchdown.

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McClellan became the first Crimson Tide player since 2013 to score a touchdown in three different ways in a game.

The 5-foot-11, 212-pounder was an explosive weapon out of the backfield. Fans are excited about Jahmyr Gibbs, but McClellan has returned to the lab. He is training with former Auburn running back Brad Lester. Lester operated The Speed Genius training facility in Atlanta, Ga. He helped Najee Harris become a first-round pick and wants McClellan to excel. Lester has the junior looking good in footwork, cutting, agility, and explosiveness drills. McClellan’s knee has gotten stronger with the explosive moments, quick change of direction, and reactive muscle movement work. He is set for a bounce-back year in Tuscaloosa.

Bill O’Brien has to be creative with these running backs, especially with McClellan putting in work.

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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.

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