State backup QB McClendon plans to graduate, transfer

The career backup appeared in 20 games during his three seasons with the Wolfpack, completing 26 of 47 passes for 262 yards and a touchdown

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Jalan McClendon throws a pass in practice before the 2016 season. (Christine T. Nguyen/file/The North State Journal)

Jalan McClendon was the heir apparent to Jacoby Brissett as NC State’s quarterback until graduate transfer Ryan Finley arrived and won the starting job in 2016. With Finley now returning for his final season of eligibility in 2018, McClendon has decided become a graduate transfer and move on himself.

The career backup announced his decision Monday, saying that he will leave for another school after receiving his degree from State in May. As a graduate transfer, he will be eligible to play immediately.

“Jalan has been phenomenal throughout his career,” Wolfpack coach Dave Doeren said in a statement. “He’s been a great leader and a great teammate and has done everything we could’ve asked a young man to do. We wish him the best and will always consider him an important part of the Wolfpack family.”

McClendon appeared in 20 games during his three seasons at State, completing 26 of 47 passes for 262 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for 223 yards and two scores. He has not yet decided at which school he will complete his college career.

“I’ve enjoyed every bit of this university,” McClendon said. “My teammates and coaches, the fans, the atmosphere, even the food! I appreciate everything that NC State has done for me and I wouldn’t take it back for anything.”