Jase McClellan Continues to Progress From Knee Injury
Alabama running back Jase McClellan provided a positive update as he continues to progress from an ACL injury. McClellan has been working with former Auburn running back Brad Lester this summer, the same trainer that worked with Najee Harris before his All-American campaign in 2020.
The rising junior suffered a season-ending knee injury during Alabama’s Oct. 2 game against Ole Miss. Before the injury, McClellan had 40 carries for 191 yards and one score and reeled in 10 receptions for 97 yards and three scores over five games. In two seasons with the Crimson Tide, McClellan has 436 rushing yards on 63 carries (6.9 yards per carry) and three touchdowns.
The Aledo, TX native took part in spring practice but wore a non-contact jersey throughout.
By the end of last season, Alabama was decimated at the running back position because of a flood of injuries. However, Nick Saban feels much more confident about the status of his running back heading into the 2022 season.
“I’m pleased with the running back situation,” said Saban in March. “We’ve got some experience there. Jamarion Miller has shown some promise. He’s a young player. Trey Sanders is doing good. That’s not an issue on our team at all,” Saban said Wednesday. “We’ve got lots of good players there and we’ll have plenty of depth when the other guys get back.”
With Brian Robinson off to the NFL, the Crimson Tide received a major boost when they added former Georgia Tech running back Jahmyr Gibbs via the transfer portal. They also have Roydell Williams on the roster, who is recovering from a knee injury he suffered on Nov. 13 against New Mexico State.