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    T.A. McLendon

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Albemarle, N.C.

    High School:
    Albemarle

    Height / Weight:
    5-11 / 216

    Position:
    Tailback

    Experience:
    2VL

    Honors:
    2002 ACC Rookie of the Year; 1st Team All-ACC


    Bruising tailback who already ranks 11th in school history with 1,709 career rushing yards ... Ranks fourth in school history with 25 career rushing touchdowns and fifth with 29 total touchdowns ... Broken 179 career tackles for an additional 756 yards.

    In 2003: Was hampered by a variety of injuries in 2003 ... Became the first back in NC State history to gain over 100 yards rushing and receiving in a single game, when he ran for 112 and had 104 receiving yards against Virginia ... Also scored the winning touchdown on a 38-yard romp in that contest ... Only two other players in the nation accomplished the feat last season ... Missed four complete games with injuries, the Wake Forest game with a patella tendon strain, the North Carolina and Georgia Tech games with a strained hamstring, and the Duke game after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus on Oct. 17 ... Broke 13 tackles in the win over Texas Tech.

    In 2002: A first-team All-ACC performer, he was just the 10th freshman in league history to make the first-team squad ... The ACC Rookie of the Year for 2002, he was the fourth Wolfpack player in five years to win the award ... Set the Wolfpack single-season touchdown record with 18, that mark was an ACC all-time freshman best as well and tied for third on the ACC's single-season list ... Already ranks 10th in school history in career touchdowns, his 108 points scored last season is another school record ... Wolfpack's leading rushing and third-leading receiver, his 1,101 yards was the seventh-best mark in school history, second-best ever by a freshman ... Second-leading rusher in the ACC with 84.7 yards per game, he ranked sixth in all-purpose yardage with 111.9 ypg ... Also the league's leading touchdown scorer ... Suffered an AC separation in the loss at Maryland, and was listed as questionable for the Virginia contest, he ended up gaining 145 yards of total offense (70 rushing, 75 receiving in that contest ... Left the Gator Bowl contest early with the same injury ... Fractured his right wrist versus Texas Tech, he underwent surgery to insert a screw on October 1, he began practice on Monday, October 7, and played with a cast for the rest of the season ... Named Sporting News' National College Football Player-of-the-Week for his performance versus Texas Tech, when he tied an NC State record and set an ACC freshman mark with five rushing touchdowns. ... That mark also tied the single-game record for touchdown responsibility at NC State ... Named to ESPN.com's true freshman "All-September" squad ... Had an incredible 24 broken tackles in the win at Texas Tech, he has 105 for the season for an additional 453 yards after contact ... ... Also sat out the Navy game with a shoulder injury ... NC State's leading receiver vs. UMass with five receptions and versus Virginia with 10 ... Named the ACC Rookie of the Week versus Wake Forest, Texas Tech, North Carolina and Florida State and the Offensive Back of the Week vs. Clemson ... Leading rusher in the season opener versus New Mexico, he came off the bench to gain 79 yards on 20 carries ... That was the best mark for a Wolfpack freshman running back in his first game since Anthony Barbour rushed for 81 yards in the season opener of 1988 ... Named the Pack's Most Valuable Offensive Back.

    Prep: Explosive runner who set national records for career touchdowns (178), season touchdowns (71), career rushing touchdowns (170), and career points (1,076) while playing under Coach Jack Gaster ... Rushed for 289 yards and a state-record seven touchdowns in leading Albemarle (N.C.) High to the Class 1-A state championship ... Amassed 3,070 rushing yards for the season, the fifth-best season total in North Carolina high school history ...Holds the state career rushing yardage record of 9,038 yards, 1,200 yards higher than the previous record ... Earned 15 of 23 possible votes in winning the AP High School Football Player of the Year award for North Carolina ... Rated the nation's 12th-best running back by Tom Lemming in Prep Football Report, that publication also named him a third-team All-American ... Rushed for 2,200 yards and 44 touchdowns as a junior ... One of 74 players selected to participate in the US Army All-American Bowl ... Also selected to the Shrine Bowl, he did not compete in order to play in the state championship game ... Rated the 69th-best player in the nation and the 15th best running back prospect by Tom Lemming/ESPN.com ... The #16 tailback according to Rivals100.com ... Named the best running back in the Atlantic region by PrepStar Magazine ... Selected to the PrepStar/Sportsline Top 125 Dream Team as the seventh-best running back in the nation ... A member of recruiting analyst Max Emfinger's All-American Team .. Born 2/21/83 ... Enrolled in the first-year college program.

    McLendon Career Stats

    Year GP-GS Pl Att Yds TD KD Lg Rec Yds TD BT-Yds
    2002 13-8 520 245 1101 18 5 65 42 354 0 114-457
    2003 9-6 406 130 608 9 4 67 40 368 2 65-299
    Total 22-14 926 375 1709 27 9 67 82 722 2 179-756

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