Bryan McClendon wrapped up his second season with the Carolina football in 2017 after joining the staff on December 23, 2015. McClendon has served as the co-offensive coordinator and tutors the Gamecocks’ wide receiving corps. He was in charge of the offense and called the plays for the 2018 Outback Bowl. In early January, 2018, McClendon was named the full-time offensive coordinator.
In 2017, McClendon had a very young stable of receivers, with no seniors on the roster. After an early season injury took standout Deebo Samuel out of the mix, McClendon groomed sophomore Bryan Edwards and true freshmen OrTre Smith and Shi Smith into a formidable unit.
Under McClendon's guidance, Deebo Samuel and Bryan Edwards, developed into one of the SEC's finest receiving duos during the 2016 campaign. Samuel paced the team with 59 receptions for 783 yards, while Edwards turned in the second-best true freshman season in Gamecock history, behind only Alshon Jeffery, logging 44 catches for 590 yards.
McClendon was also recognized as one of the nation's top 25 recruiters for the 2017 cycle by Rivals.com.
McClendon came to Columbia following a stint at his alma mater, the University of Georgia. A former Bulldog wide receiver, McClendon held several titles during the 2015 regular season, including wide receivers coach, assistant head coach and passing game coordinator. He was named interim head coach of the Bulldogs on Dec. 3, 2015, and served in that capacity through Georgia's appearance in the 2016 TaxSlayer Bowl, a 24-17 win over Penn State. From 2009-2014, he was the Bulldogs' running backs coach. McClendon also served as recruiting coordinator in 2014-15.
While he was a member of the full-time coaching staff, Georgia teams won 64 games and two SEC Eastern Division titles. McClendon was part of an offensive staff that led Georgia to the 2014 SEC scoring offense title (41.3 ppg) and three consecutive record-setting seasons: total yards in a season (6,547 in 2012, 6,294 in 2013, 5,964 in 2014); average yards per game (467.64 in `12, 484.2 in `13, 458.8 in `14); and most TDs in a season (72 in 2012, 58 in `13, 70 in `14).
He has coached some of the country's top tailbacks including Todd Gurley (2015 1st round draft choice of the St. Louis Rams), 2014 Freshman All-American Nick Chubb, and 2011 SEC Freshman of the Year Isaiah Crowell.
McClendon was a four-year letterman with the Bulldogs (2002-05) and his senior class won 44 games--most by any class in Georgia history. During his tenure, the Bulldogs won three Southeastern Conference Eastern Division titles (2002, `03, `05), two SEC championships (2002, `05), and played in four bowl games (2003 Nokia Sugar, `04 Capital One, `05 Outback, `06 Nokia Sugar), winning three of them.
McClendon's career blossomed in 2005, when the Bulldogs won the SEC championship. The Atlanta, Ga., native caught 35 passes with six going for touchdowns. He caught the game-winning TD pass in the closing minutes against Georgia Tech, and then blocked a punt in the SEC Championship game, which led to the Bulldogs' third TD in the 34-14 victory over LSU. Following his Georgia career, McClendon signed a free agent contract with the NFL's Chicago Bears. After one summer with the Bears, he returned to Georgia as a graduate assistant from 2007-08.
Born December 28, 1983, McClendon graduated from Georgia in December 2005, with a degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies. He is the son of former Georgia tailback Willie McClendon, 1978 SEC Player of the Year and running back for the Chicago Bears.
McClendon was a prep standout at Mays High School where he was a PrepStar All-American and a SuperPrep All-Dixie team. He played in the Georgia-Florida high school all-star game following his senior season.
Bryan is married to the former Amber Arnold of Atlanta, Ga. They have three children, Bryan, Brooke and Baby McClendon expected September 2017.
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