Now a member of the Atlanta Falcons, McClain is also a serious artist.
Will serve as one of four team captains this year ... projected as a starting cornerback after cracking the starting lineup late in 2008.
2008: Made his first career start against Syracuse (Nov. 15) due to injury to Darius Butler ... Returned an interception 37 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter against the Orange ... Played in all 13 games with four starts ... Had 30 tackles on the season with five vs. Hofstra (Aug. 28) and five vs. South Florida (Nov. 23) ... Led the team in tackles in the International Bowl victory over Buffalo (Jan. 3) with eight, including 3.5 tackles for a loss of 10 yards ... Had a total of three interceptions on the season and 5.5 tackles for a loss in addition to five breakups and a QB hurry ... Had two interceptions in win vs. Cincinnati (Oct. 25), including a 28-yarder for a TD in the fourth quarter.
2007: Played in all 13 games at cornerback and on special teams, earning a start in the regular season finale at West Virginia (Nov. 24) ... Served as the team's nickel back for much of the year ... Recorded 30 tackles on the season, 19 solo, with three interceptions and three other pass breakups ... Made a season-high five tackles at West Virginia ... Had four stops and an interception in the win over Rutgers (Nov. 3) ... Intercepted a pass in the end zone and made three tackles against USF (Oct. 27) ... Recovered a fumble at Pittsburgh (Sept. 22) ... Made his first career interception against Maine (Sept. 8) and was also credited with a pair of tackles.
2006: Played in each of the final seven games on special teams ... Returned 13 kickoffs for a 19.0 average and a pair of punts ... Also made five tackles in coverage, four of them solos ... Returned four kickoffs at Rutgers (Oct. 29) and three apiece against Cincinnati (Nov. 25) and Louisville (Dec. 2) ... Was named the Offensive Scout Team Player of the Week on three occasions.
High School: An All-State selection in Maryland ... Named first-team All-Metro by the Washington Post as a defensive back ... Named All-League as both a running back and a defensive back as a senior after earning the honor as a junior on defense only ... As a senior tailback, rushed for 1,105 yards and 12 touchdowns while also catching 25 passes for 421 yards and four TDs ... A dangerous returner, brought back five kickoffs for a touchdown in 2005, one short of the national single-season record ... Also returned a punt 98 yards for a touchdown ... Intercepted six passes in 2005 and broke up 19 others to go along with 53 tackles ... Attended same high school as former UConn tailback Terry Caulley.
Personal Profile: Robert McClain III ... Born on July 22, 1988 ... A political science major.
ROBERT McCLAIN'S CAREER HIGHS
Most Tackles: 8 vs. Buffalo, 1/3/09
Most TFLs: 3.5 vs. Buffalo, 1/3/09
Most Interceptions: 2 vs. Cincinnati, 10/25/08
Most Return Yards: 68 vs. Cincinnati, 10/25/08
Longest Interception Return: 40 vs. Cincinnati, 10/25/08
Interception Returns for TDs: 1, 2x, last at Syracuse, 11/15/08