A former wide receiver for the Bulldogs, Bryan McClendon was named running backs coach in February, 2009, after serving two years (2007-08) as a graduate assistant coach working with the Georgia offense.
In 2011, he coached SEC Freshman of the Year tailback Isaiah Crowell, who led the team in rushing with 850 yards and five TD's. As a first year coach he helped develop two of the SEC's most promising young backs: sophomore Caleb King (114x594 yards, 5.2 yards per carry, 7 TD's) and true freshman Washaun Ealey who led the team in rushing with 125x717 5.7 yards per carry, and 3 TD's
He 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 his senior season during which the Bulldogs won the SEC championship. The Atlanta, Ga., native caught 35 passes, 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 and spent an off-season in that camp.
He graduated 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.
He is married to the former Amber Arnold of Atlanta, Ga. They have one son, Bryan; and a daughter Brooke.