T. A. McLendon
|T. A. McLendon|
|College||North Carolina State|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight||235 lb (107 kg)|
|Born||February 21, 1983|
|High school||Albemarle HS,|
|2002 ACC Rookie of the Year|
|178 TDs in HS|
Tristan Akeen “T. A.” McLendon (born February 21, 1983) is an American football player. Alongside Ken Hall and Brett Law, McLendon is one of the most productive high school football players of all time. In four seasons at Albemarle High School in Albemarle, North Carolina, McLendon rushed a total 9,004 yards and a national best 178 total touchdowns (170 rushing) over his career. In his final game, he rushed for 289 yards and a state-record seven touchdowns in leading Albemarle to the Class 1A state championship. He played in the 2002 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
McLendon continued his football career at North Carolina State, immediately becoming the focal point of the Wolfpack's offense as a freshman in 2002, earning Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Year honors. He led the team with 1,101 yards on 245 carries (4.5 avg.), setting school single-season records with 18 touchdowns (tied ACC season mark for freshmen) and 108 points scored, adding 354 yards on 42 receptions (8.4 avg.), despite being hampered by two shoulder separations and a right wrist fracture. McLendon appeared in only nine games in 2003, but still led the team in rushing with 130 attempts for 608 yards and nine scores.
The injury bug would plague McLendon throughout the 2004 season. He strained his hamstring in fall camp, missing the season opener vs. Richmond. McLendon re-injured the hamstring midway through the season vs. Maryland and it limited his performance the rest of the year. He still managed to lead the team in rushing for the third straight year, gaining 770 yards on 167 carries (4.6 avg.) with six touchdowns. McLendon entered the 2004 NFL Draft as a junior, but went undrafted.
McLendon tried out for several NFL teams but was unable to land a contract.
On September 10, 2007, McLendon was arrested in his hometown of Albemarle for getting caught with drugs (marijuana) following a routine traffic stop. McLendon was charged with possession of marijuana, possession with intent to sell and deliver drugs, driving with license revoked and maintaining a vehicle to keep a controlled substance. McLendon's bail was set at $5,000 and he was scheduled to appear in court on October 8, 2007. On November 20, 2008, he was sentenced to 24 months probation in Stanly County, North Carolina.