The Rolando McClain file

Texas running back Tre Newton tackled during the BCS in Pasadena, California
Texas Longhorns’ running back Tre Newton (23) is tackled by University of Alabama Crimson Tides’ Rolando McClain (25) during the first half in the NCAA’s BCS National Championship football game in Pasadena, California on January 7, 2010. UPI/Jim Ruymen Photo via Newscom
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Facts and stats about the Oakland Raiders’ top pick of the 2010 NFL Draft:

  • Three year starter at Alabama (entered the draft after his junior season).
  • Butkus Award winner in 2009 as the nation’s best college linebacker — award finalist in 2008 as a sophomore.
  • Was also a finalist for the Lombardi Award and the Bednarik Award his junior season.
  • Anchored an Alabama Crimson Tide defense that was ranked fourth nationally (242.22 ypg) in total defense and second overall against the run (68.22 ypg).
  • Had 74 tackles (38 solo) freshman season, 95 tackles (48 solo) his sophomore year, and 105 tackles (53 solo) his junior season at Alabama.
  • Had eight sacks during his collegiate career.
  • During junior season, had four sacks, 14 quarterback hurries, six passes defensed, two interceptions, and one fumble forced.
  • Known to be a film junkie and called a defensive coordinator on the field. It’s been reported that he not only knows his assignment on every play, but he also knows the assignment of all of his teammates as well.
  • Team captain his junior season.
  • Said to possess instincts beyond his years and while he isn’t the fastest linebacker coming out of college this year in the 40-yard dash, those instincts and his adequate speed make him a fast linebacker on the field.