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McCain played two-plus seasons at Cal before being dismissed from the program for conduct detrimental to the team after four games of his 2013 junior campaign. He finished his career with 90 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss (-50 yards), 5.0 sacks (-28 yards), one pass breakup, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery in 24 games played and 18 starts. McCain’s top season came as a 2012 sophomore when he was an honorable mention All-Pac-12 selection who recorded career highs of 50 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss (-38 yards) and 3.5 sacks (-27 yards), with the TFL and sack totals tying for team highs and both yardage totals the highest numbers on the squad. He also led the 2012 squad with four quarterback hurries. McCain was a member of the 2010 recruiting class who was a greyshirt in his first season before joining Cal in 2011.
 
Career Stats
Game Logs: 
2013 | 2012 | 2011

After Cal
► Participated at the 2014 Cal Pro Timing Day and San Francisco 49ers Pro Day
 
Cal Career (2010-13)
► Played in 24 games with 18 starts over the last two seasons of his first three-plus campaigns with the program from 2010-13
► Registered career totals of 90 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss (-50 yards), 5.0 sacks (-28 yards), one pass breakup, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery
 
Junior (2013)
► Played in three of the team’s first four games with two starts before being dismissed from the program for conduct detrimental to the team
► Contributed 11 tackles, his first career forced fumble and one quarterback hurry
► Registered five tackles in the season opener against Northwestern, as well as three each against Ohio State and at Oregon, adding his forced fumble and quarterback hurry in his final collegiate contest against the Ducks
 
Sophomore (2012)
► An honorable mention All-Pac-12 selection who played in 11 games with 10 starts and recorded team-high-tying totals of 8.5 tackles for loss (-38 yards) and 3.5 sacks (-27 yards), with the yardage lost for both the most on the club
► Added 50 tackles, a team-high four quarterback hurries, one pass breakup and one fumble recovery, all career highs
► Registered at least 0.5 tackles for loss in seven of the 11 games he played including five in a row at one point vs. UCLA, at Washington State, vs. Stanford, vs. Washington and vs. Oregon
► All four of his quarterback hurries came in a three-game stretch vs. Arizona State and UCLA, and at Washington State, picking up a career-high two of the four against the Bruins
► Registered a career-high nine tackles in the season opener vs. Nevada, adding 2.0 tackles for loss (-2 yards)
► Posted seven tackles and 1.0 tackle for loss (-5 yards) vs. Stanford
► Picked up six tackles at Ohio State and vs. Oregon, adding 0.5 tackles for loss (-1 yard) against the Ducks
► Had a strong game against UCLA with four tackles, a career-high 2.5 tackles for loss (-9 yards), a career-high-tying 1.5 sacks (-7 yards) and two quarterback hurries
► Registered four tackles on three other occasions vs. Arizona State, at Washington State and at Oregon State, adding a quarterback hurry against the Sun Devils and 0.5 tackles for loss (-1 yard), one quarterback hurry and the lone pass breakup of his career vs. the Cougars
► Had the biggest sack of his career with a 16-yarder vs. Washington that keyed his 1.5 tackles for loss (career-high -17 yards) and two tackles in a game in which he also recorded his lone career fumble recovery
► Had a pair of tackles against Southern Utah and at USC, adding 0.5 tackles for loss (-3 yards) against the Thunderbirds
► Third-team preseason All-Pac-12 pick by Athlon
► Recorded three tackles and 0.5 tackles for loss in the spring game
 
Freshman (2011)
► Played in 10 games with six starts, finding his way into the starting lineup in the fifth contest of the season at Oregon and staying there for five games
► Missed the final three regular-season games due to injury but returned to start in the Holiday Bowl vs. Texas
► Recorded 29 tackles to lead all Cal freshmen and rank 10th overall on the team
► Added 6.0 tackles for loss (-12 yards) to rank fifth on the squad, as well as 1.5 sacks (-1 yard) and one quarterback hurry
► Recorded a season-high six tackles and 1.0 tackle for loss (-1 yard) in his first collegiate start at Oregon coming off a five-tackle effort in which he also had 0.5 tackles for loss (-1 yard) in the previous contest at Washington
► Posted four tackles, a season-high 1.5 tackles for loss (-1 yard) and a career-high-tying 1.5 sacks (-1 yard) against Washington State in a game in which he suffered an injury that caused him to miss the final three regular-season contests
► Returned to action as a starter in the Holiday Bowl vs. Texas and recorded three tackles, 1.0 tackle for loss (-3 yards) and his first career quarterback hurry
► Had three tackles and 1.0 tackle for loss vs. USC (season-high -4 yards) and at UCLA (-2 yards)
► Had three tackles in the season opener vs. Fresno State before posting one tackle in each of the next two contests at Colorado and vs. Presbyterian
 
Freshman (2010)
► Greyshirted
► A member of the 2010 signing class

Oakridge Military Academy (2009)
► Took a prep year at Oakridge Military Academy, recording 104 tackles, 16.0 sacks, 20.0 tackles for loss and three interceptions as a senior in 2009
 
Northern Guilford HS (2008)
► Recorded 97 tackles, 4.0 sacks, 16.0 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles in his 2008 senior campaign
► Prep teammate of former Cal wide receiver and the school’s record-holder in career receptions Keenan Allen
 
Other
► Full name is Christian Cornelius McCain
► Born November 21, 1991
► Parents are Tarvio and Valerie McCain
► A four-star recruit in the 2010 recruiting class according to Rivals' and Tom Lemming
► The nation's No. 10 linebacker according to Lemming and No. 13 by Scout, as well as the country's No. 37 defensive end according to ESPN and No. 58 by Scout
► Checked in on the Rivals250 list at No. 187
► A Prepstar All-American and a Superprep All-Region selection as well as the No. 18 player overall in North Carolina
► Rivals had him listed as the No. 4 overall player in North Carolina

McCain's Career Game Highs
Tackles: 9 (vs. Nevada, 2012)
Tackles For Loss: 2.5 (vs. UCLA, 2012)
Tackle For Loss Yards: 17 (vs. Washington, 2012)
Sacks: 1.5 (twice, last vs. UCLA, 2012)
Sack Yards: 16 (vs. Washington, 2012)
Forced Fumbles: 1 (at Oregon, 2013)
Fumble Recoveries: 1 (vs. Washington, 2012)
Quarterback Hurries: 2 (vs. UCLA, 2012)
Pass Breakups: 1 (at Washington State, 2012)

Last Updated
May 6, 2014

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