Whatever the future holds for co-captain Robert “Reggie” McClain, there will always be the memory of the cornerback’s senior season.
“This has been a crazy year,” said McClain, who seemingly was everywhere on defense and special teams Saturday in the Huskies’ 20-7 win over South Carolina in the Papajohns.com Bowl at Legion Field. Saturday.
“It will impact my life forever, and this team will impact my life forever, and Coach [Randy] Edsall and the assistant coaches will impact my life forever because they really helped me and built me to the player I could be in the future. Definitely the person I’m going to be in the future.”
The Lusby, Md., native had four tackles, two tackles for losses, three pass breakups breaks up on defense and certainly probably had an effect on the South Carolina receivers who, all told, dropped eight passes. The Gamecocks had as part of an offense that produced a mere 76 passing yards.
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“Well, I gave up that one big pass play at the end [that led to the Gamecocks’ lone touchdown], but [D.L. Moore] probably got away with a little push off on that one,” McClain said, chuckling. “But I’m not going to stress about it. We came through with the win, our defense played great, our offense, special teams, everything worked together.”
So what does the that future hold for McClain?
“I’m going to train for the next level,” he said, referring to a pro football career. “I’m praying to God it happens so I can continue playing football and work hard. Hopefully I get invited somewhere. If it works out, it works out, great. If it doesn’t, it’s the military. I’m going to the Marines. I’ve got to have a plan in case football doesn’t work out.”
McClain hadn’t left the bowels of Legion Field and he was already trippin’ down memory lane.
“It means a lot getting this win,” he said, looking at senior running back Andre Dixon toting the game’s MVP trophy. “That was my mentor when I was a running back, Andre. To see him get the MVP trophy, seeing the success that we had this season, I’m going to remember this for the rest of my life. Losing a player like Jazz, one of my best friends ... I’m going to remember this for the rest of my life — everything.”