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Bryan McClendon: 'I'm excited to be here'

October 13, 2020

Oregon has welcomed a lot of new faces to its coaching staff this offseason. One name that has fans buzzing is 2014’s national recruiter of the year, Wide Receivers Coach Bryan McClendon. 

While his most recent stop landed him in Columbia, South Carolina, McClendon helped Georgia recruit many players football fans now watch on Sundays, including five star running backs Nick Chubb and Sony Michel.

He spoke with members of the media for the first time since his arrival in Eugene on Monday evening. Before he got into the interview he wanted to reiterate how excited he was to be in Eugene and part of the Oregon football program.

On why he chose Oregon

“The thing that attracted me so much to the University of Oregon was just the opportunity here. You look here and it has all the resources, has the right people, has the right head coach, it has the right backing to do great things and just to be a part of that stuff is really, really exciting to me.”

On leaving money at the table at Georgia

“I've never taken a job because of money, I've never stayed at a job because of money. I've always looked for good situations, more so than the money, because I feel like if you go to a good situation, then all the rest of the stuff would take care of itself.”

On previous visits to Oregon

“'I’ve only been to the state of Oregon, one other time in my life. I was at the University of Georgia at the time and I came out here with the offensive staff to actually visit with Oregon State, Coach (Mark) Richt and Mike Riley were really good buddies.”

“So I came back and that was, I want to say in 2007 was my only other time that I'd ever been here but I got a chance to go and go to the Nike campus and the Nike store and all that other stuff. I got a chance to experience a couple different things in that regard on that short trip.”

On coaching lining up with OC Joe Moorhead

“It's going to lean a lot on what Joe feels real comfortable with. At the end of the day he's the coordinator, he's the guy who's gonna have to call the plays, so it's gonna have to be stuff that he has real strong convictions in.”

“My job is to make sure that we're doing everything that we can, personally with my position with my players, to support his vision of what the offense needs to be and focus on that.”

On what he looks for in a wide receiver

“What I look for in receivers is quite frankly I like guys that can catch the ball as silly as that might sound. You like guys that can naturally catch the football and then you like guys that can create plays after they have the ball in their hand.”

“It’s really hard nowadays in football to go 7,8,9,10,11,12 plays in a row to have to execute that to put together drives. You want guys that can create explosive plays on their own. We focus on turning big plays, whether it be in the run game or in the pass game into touchdowns and that's our goal.”

On recruiting during the pandemic 

“That's kind of the lifeblood of every program-- is recruits that it brings in. Coach Cristobal, having done it at a high level, shows that he gets it, he understands it.

“When it comes to Zoom, when it comes to FaceTime and all the technology that you have available, you just have to use that as much as you can to expose yourself to as many of the other recruits and their family members and everything like that. They get real comfortable with each other. 

“Recruiting is about relationships. It's about gaining the trust of people, and they know that you're going to do everything you can do within your power to make them the best they can be both on and off the field.”

On what’s impressed him about current wide receivers 

“What has been real positive with our guys is you see the progression in every practice that we've taken. They are doing a really good job of taking stuff from the meeting room out the practice and applying it.”

“Those guys have done a great job of allowing me to push them to make sure that they reach all those expectations that we have. I told them we have really high expectations in our room, and they're not lowering.”

On players that have stood out

“I've been really really pleased with the same guys that have played a bunch of ball. The Johnny Johnsons, the Jaylon Redds, the Mycah Pittmans. They're doing a really good job.”

On freshman Kris Hutson

“I’ve been really impressed with Kris Hutson up to this point. He still has a long way to go and a lot to learn, but um but he's very very willing, I've been pleased with him.”

On balancing size and speed with receivers

“When you look at the best guys, no matter what size they are they're guys that can get open and create explosive plays. Whatever size that that comes in is what size it comes in.”

At the end of the day you want guys that can beat that can consistently beat man to man, and that can consistently give you big plays and opportunities to score when they have the football in their hand. I'm married to more so the traits that you need to go out there and be able to play well.”

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