OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) - Former Alabama standout Le'Ron McClain
is built to punish opposing defenses, usually as a bruising
fullback running in front of a slick-footed ball carrier.
That was how the Baltimore Ravens used the 6-foot, 260-pounder
as a rookie last season. During training camp, however, an injury
to Willis McGahee and the addition of fullback Lorenzo Neal enabled
offensive coordinator Cam Cameron to try something different.
Cameron wanted to see what would happen if the Northport native
got a full head of steam with the football cradled in his arm.
McClain proved to be very difficult to bring down, and two games
into the regular season the experiment is considered to be an
McClain leads the Ravens (2-0) with 152 yards rushing and last
week scored his first two career touchdowns in a 28-10 rout of the
Cleveland Browns. What makes those numbers even more impressive is
that McClain totaled 170 yards on the ground during his entire
career at Alabama, and last year rushed for 18 yards in eight
carries with Baltimore.