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Alabama RB Jase McClellan: 2023 Crimson Tide Player Spotlight

Jase McClellan stiff arms Austin Peay defender
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We have made it to July and SEC Football Media Days are coming soon. 

The University of Alabama looks to return to the College Football Playoff in the fall and win a national championship. Nick Saban has several talented players, but which ones will emerge as the most impactful?

The staff at Touchdown Alabama Magazine will spotlight numerous players for the upcoming season.

We move from quarterbacks to running backs, and Jase McClellan starts us off.

Jase McClellan

Classification: Senior

Hometown: Aledo, Texas

Position: Running Back

Size: 5-11/212 pounds

2022 stats: 655 yards rushing (111 carries), 274 yards receiving (14 catches), ten total touchdowns

Strengths: Size, athleticism, game experience, power, speed, versatility, pass-blocking 

Weaknesses: Durability (2021 season cut short due to injury)


Jase McClellan arrived at the University of Alabama as a four-star in the 2020 signing class.

He brings all the tools necessary to be the No. 1 running back for the Crimson Tide, but can he separate himself as the guy?

McClellan shared responsibilities with Jahmyr Gibbs in 2022 — totaling 655 rushing yards, 274 receiving yards, and ten total touchdowns last season. He was known earlier in his career for his speed, but the native Texan showed growth late in 2022 — adding power to his game. The 5-foot-11, 212-pounder started running through tacklers to score touchdowns. He posted to his Instagram about his message for college football in the fall. McClellan refuses to be overlooked as one of the top backs.

Roydell Williams, Jamarion “Jam” Miller, Justice Haynes, and Richard Young are talented, but McClellan has waited his turn to become the team’s featured back. We will see if h blows everyone away in preseason camp, but the potential is there.


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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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