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Alabama RB Jase McClellan named a preseason candidate for 2023 Maxwell Award

Alabama running back Jase McClellan (#2) breaks a long run down the sideline for the Crimson Tide against Austin Peay
Gary Cosby Jr. - USA Today Sports

The University of Alabama has had five football players win the Maxwell Award since 1937.

Derrick Henry, the 2015 Heisman Trophy winner, was the lone running back for the Crimson Tide to earn the honor. The Maxwell Award goes to the most outstanding player in college football, and Alabama has an athlete as a preseason candidate.

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Jase McClellan, a senior from Aledo, Texas, has a marquee role on this team. A former four-star in the 2020 signing class, he returns as an experienced running back. McClellan bounced back from an injury in 2021 to collect 655 rushing yards, 174 receiving yards, and ten touchdowns last year. His speed, power, vision, and playmaking abilities helped the Tide to 11 wins, including a 45-20 victory over Kansas State in the Allstate Sugar Bowl. He has been training with former Auburn standard, Brad Lester, and looks forward to having a dominant season. The 5-foot-11, 212-pounder is Alabama’s lone representative for the Maxwell Award, according to the Maxwell Football Club. McClellan could join Henry as the Tide’s second back to win it.

He now prepares for fall camp, which begins Thursday.

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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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