Overview: Christopher McClendon is a senior who is a running back for Oklahoma Panhandle State University and who also plays baseball. In 2015, he was one of the four seniors on his team to be named on the All-OSN first team. He has great downhill vision, a great athlete and knows how to make defenders miss.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Christopher, during which time he told me more about his background, his personality and his overall love for football.
Christa: For the people who do not know your story, how did you wind up choosing Oklahoma Panhandle State University?
CM: I had an offer from University of Memphis but didn’t get my ACT in time. So my best friend Domonique Wyatt told me about OPSU & I walked on.
C: Since you are from a smaller school, how do you plan on making yourself stand out and noticed by scouts?
CM: I plan on putting up big numbers at my pro day & letting the numbers do the talking.
C: What would you say are your strengths and weaknesses?
CM: My biggest strengths on the field is my knowledge & maturity, vision, balance & footwork, my ability to make people miss & my ability to catch the ball out of the backfield.
Weakness was my break away speed but I fixed that.
C: What separates you from the other players at your position?
CM: My ability to consistently catch the ball out of the backfield & protect the QB. It makes me an every down back.
C: Which current or former NFL player do you think you resemble and why?
CM: Rashad Jennings. A big downhill physical runner that can catch that ball out of the backfield & make people miss.
C: What is the most inspirational or powerful thing a coach has ever said to you in your college career?
CM: This isn’t the end of your football career.
C: Who is the toughest player you’ve ever faced in your college career?
CM: Jordan Tripp from University of Montana. We played against him my Sophomore & he was around the ball every play.
C: How do you prepare for game day? Do you have any game day rituals?
CM: I have a music playlist that I listen to all day that leads me up to warm ups & every time I run out I stop at the 28 & pray. I stop at the 28 because my high school teammate & good friend died in 2014 & he wore number 28.
C: If could be any superhero who would it be and why?
CM: I would definitely be Wolverine. He’s invincible & aggressive. He all about his business & doesn’t let anyone get in his way or stop him.
C: What was your favorite moment/play at Oklahoma Panhandle State University?
CM: My favorite moment was beating Langston at home my senior year. That game meant a lot to the alumni & the fans so to get that win was big for them & hadn’t beat the since 2004 before that.
Locker Room Update would like to thank Christopher McClendon for taking the time to speak with us. We wish him the best of luck as he continues his journey as an NFL 2016 draft prospect.
You can check out his senior highlights here
Follow him on Twitter: @CMac_501