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Stefan McClure
Player Profile:
Stefan McClure 1250468
Position: Safety
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 205
Year: Senior
Hometown: Vista, CA
High School: Vista HS
Experience: 3 Letters

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Pronunciation
STEPH-un

Career Stats
Game Logs: 2015 | 20142013 | 2011

McClure is only player in Cal history to have served as a captain for three seasons. He finished with career totals of 165 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss (-27 yards), 1.0 sack (-9 yards), two interceptions that he returned for eight yards, 12 passes defended, 10 pass breakups, and three fumble recoveries that he returned for 67 yards and one touchdown over 37 games with 28 starts despite missing 25 career contests due to injury. McClure had his top season as a 2015 senior when he played in and started all 13 games for the first time and his career and posted career bests of 61 tackles and 3.5 tackles for loss (-14 yards), as well as his first career sack (-9 yards) and a career-high-tying one fumble recovery that he returned a career-long 45 yards.

After Cal

  • Expected to participate at the 2016 Cal Pro Day on March 18

Cal Career (2011-15)

  • The only player in Cal history to have served as a captain for three seasons 
  • Played in 37 games with 28 starts including all 13 games for the first time as a 2015 senior over his five campaigns with the program despite missing 25 contests including the entire 2012 season due to an injury suffered at Arizona State in the final regular-season game of his 2011 true freshman campaign
  • Also missed the final seven games of his 2013 sophomore season after a season-ending injury vs. Washington State in the fifth game and four contests during his 2014 junior campaign
  • Played in his first postseason action against Air Force in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl as a senior after missing the team’s previous postseason appearance as a 2011 true freshman at the Holiday Bowl vs. Texas
  • Finished with career totals of 165 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss (-27 yards), 1.0 sack (-9 yards), two interceptions that he returned for eight yards, 12 passes defended, 10 pass breakups, and three fumble recoveries that he returned for 67 yards and one touchdown
  • Also had one reception for 11 yards for a first down on a successful fake punt on a throw from Jared Goff that set up a Vincenzo D’Amato field goal as a 2013 sophomore vs. Ohio State
  • Had career highs of 61 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss (-14 yards) and 1.0 sack (-9 yards) as a senior
  • Picked up a single career-high-tying interception twice against Utah that he returned for a career-long eight yards as a freshman and as a junior when he had one of only four interceptions against 2014 Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota
  • Had a career-high-tying single fumble recovery three times with one each as a freshman, junior and senior, with the first as a freshman vs. USC, the second as a junior in the season finale vs. BYU that he returned 22 yards, and the third against Washington State as a senior that he returned for a career-long 45 yards and his lone touchdown
  • Registered career highs of nine tackles three times with the first coming as a sophomore vs. USC, the second during his junior campaign against UCLA and third in the final game of his career as a senior in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl vs. Air Force
  • Picked up a career-high 1.5 tackles for loss as a junior vs. Oregon that equaled a career-high established twice before vs. Presbyterian as a freshman and Portland State as a sophomore, and also equaled a career-high with a single interception
  • Had a career-high three pass breakups as a sophomore at Oregon
  • Co-led the team in tackles once as a junior vs. Oregon
  • A versatile defensive back who was a cornerback during his first three seasons at Cal (2011-13) before being moved to safety position for his final two campaigns in 2014 and 2015
  • Served as a player reporter for many in-house video productions and was a guest sideline reporter for Pac-12 Networks during the 2015 spring game when he missed the contest due to injury
Senior (2015)
  • One of five season team captains as voted on by his teammates with his selection the third of his career to make him the only player in Cal history to be a captain in three seasons
  • Earned honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors for the first time in his career
  • Selected as Cal's winner of the prestigious Joe Roth Award honoring the player who best exemplifies courage, sportsmanship and attitude
  • Posted career highs of 13 games played, 13 starts, 61 tackles and 3.5 tackles for loss (-14 yards), as well as his first career sack (-9 yards) and a career-high-tying one fumble recovery that he returned a career-long 45 yards for his first career touchdown and the first by a Cal player since Trevor Guyton against Fresno State in 2011
  • Ranked No. 48 in the Pac-12 in per-game tackles (4.7)
  • Added three pass breakups
  • Earned Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week honors for the first time in his career for his performance against Washington State with six tackles, his first career sack (-9 yards), a season-high-tying 1.0 tackle for loss (-9 yards), his career-long 45-yard fumble recovery for his first career touchdown and a season-high-tying one pass breakup 
  • Had a career-high-tying and season-high nine tackles, a season-high-tying 1.0 tackle for loss (-3 yards) and a season-high-tying one pass breakup in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl vs. Air Force
  • Had seven tackles along with a season-high-tying 1.0 tackle for loss (-1 yard) at Texas, as well as six stops each vs. San Diego State, Washington State and USC
  • Added five tackles at Washington and Oregon, four at Utah and Stanford, and three at UCLA, vs. Oregon State and vs. Arizona State
  • Added 0.5 tackles for loss (-1 yard) vs. Oregon State and a season-high-tying one pass breakup against Arizona State 
  • Recorded at least three tackles in each of his final 12 games
  • On the Wuerffel Trophy watch list
  • Cal’s nominee for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®
  • Earned fourth-team preseason All-Pac-12 honors from Phil Steele
  • Served as a guest sideline reporter for the Pac-12 Networks during the spring game
  • Missed spring practices including the spring game due to injury
Junior (2014)
  • Earned Cal’s inaugural Frank Storment Award as the team's outstanding student-athlete from Southern California
  • One of six season team captains as voted on by his teammates
  • Recorded 50 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss (-3 yards), a career-high-tying one interception and a team-co-leading and career-high-tying one fumble recovery that he returned 22 yards that was Cal’s third-longest return of the season, as well as one pass breakup
  • Ranked No. 42 in the Pac-12 in per-game tackles (5.6)
  • Finished the season strong with all of his stats other than seven tackles coming in the final six games after returning from an injury that caused him to miss four contests
  • Equaled a career-high with nine tackles in his first game back from injury against UCLA
  • Shared the team lead with eight tackles vs. Oregon to go with a career-high 1.5 tackles for loss (three yards) and one of only four interceptions on the season against Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota
  • Also had eight stops at USC and vs. Stanford, as well as seven in the season-opener at Northwester, six at Oregon State and four vs. BYU
  • Saw limited action in spring practices and did not play in the spring game due to injury
Sophomore (2013)
  • Selected as a team captain for the season by his teammates for the first of three consecutive seasons prior to the beginning of the campaign
  • Started the first five games before suffering a season-ending injury against Washington State
  • Contributed 30 tackles, a career-high pass breakups that tied for second on the club and 1.5 tackles for loss (-5 yards) as well as his first career reception for 11 yards on a fake punt on a throw from Jared Goff for a first down that helped set up a Vincenzo D’Amato field goal vs. Ohio State
  • Recorded a season-high eight tackles and a season-high 1.0 tackle for loss (-2 yards) in the season-opener vs. Northwestern, while he had seven stops each vs. Ohio State and at Oregon, as well as six against Portland State when he also had 0.5 tackles for loss (-3 yards) and two vs. Washington State
  • Registered a career-high three pass breakups in his last full game of the season at Oregon, while he had two vs. Portland State
  • Listed as an “Impact Player” by Sporting News prior to the season
  • Returned to practice in the spring after being out of action for over a year with an injury suffered in the final regular-season game of his 2011 true freshman campaign at Arizona State
  • Had one tackle in the spring game
Sophomore (2012)
  • Redshirted
  • Did not play during either the regular season or spring due to injury
Freshman (2011)
  • Played in 11 games with two starts as he replaced injured starting cornerback Marc Anthony in the starting lineup against USC and Utah
  • Recorded 24 tackles, 1.0 tackle for loss (-5 yards), a career-high-tying one interception that he returned a career-high eight yards, three passes defended, two pass breakups and one career-high-tying fumble recovery
  • Posted a career-high-tying nine tackles, 0.5 tackles for loss (-2 yards) and the first fumble recovery of his career in his first career start vs. USC while primarily covering Robert Woods and holding the consensus first-team All-American to five catches for 36 yards receiving, his second-lowest single-game totals of the season in both categories
  • Had one interception, three tackles and one pass breakup in his other start vs. Utah
  • Posted four tackles and 0.5 tackles for loss (-3 yards) against Presbyterian
  • Had two tackles and one pass breakup at Oregon in a game in which he replaced Anthony after the Bears’ starter was injured
  • Also had two tackles in each of the final three regular-season games vs. Oregon State, at Stanford and at Arizona State before suffering an injury against the Sun Devils that kept him out until the spring of 2013
  • Named the No. 18 defensive back recruit in the nation and the No. 31 overall Pac-12 recruit by Athlon prior to the season, as well as the No. 38 freshman defensive back according to Phil Steele and Cal’s No. 3 recruit by Sporting News
Vista HS (Class of 2011)
  • Played in the prestigious U.S. Army All-American Bowl and was on the all-tournament team at the ESPN Rising Stars 7-on-7 event following his 2010 senior campaign
  • A Prepstar and SuperPrep All-American as a senior
  • A two-time All-State player in California on both offense and defense, earning the honor in both his 2009 junior and senior campaigns, with additional recognition on the prestigious Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West team in his final prep season
  • Led the Avocado League's East Division in both receiving and interceptions as a senior when his club posted a 12-1 overall mark and 3-1 conference record on the way to a San Diego Section title
  • The Defensive MVP of his conference and section, as well as the North County Player and Defensive Player of the Year as a senior
  • Also an All-County and All-Section selection, as well as the KUSI Silver Pigskin San Diego Player of the Year during his senior season when he recorded 48 tackles, four interceptions that he returned for 59 yards and one touchdown, nine pass breakups and one forced fumble
  • Added 58 catches for 1,317 yards receiving and 13 touchdown receptions as a senior
  • Had 35 receptions on offense, while recording a pair of interceptions on defense and an amazing six blocked punts during his junior season when his squad won the Palomar League title, posted a 10-3 overall mark and advanced to the Division I section title game
  • Finished with career prep totals of 111 tackles and five interceptions on defense, and 100 receptions for 2,358 yards receiving and 19 TDs on offense
  • Also participated in track and field, winning one section title in the triple jump as a 2010 junior, as well as league crowns in both the long jump and triple jump during his 2009 sophomore and junior campaigns
  • Set a school record in the triple jump (49’ 3”)
  • A member of the North County All-Academic team
Recruiting Notes (Class of 2011)
  • A four-star recruit of Rivals and Scout, while ESPN gave him three stars
  • Listed among the best cornerbacks in the nation by Scout (No. 4), SuperPrep (No. 6), Rivals (No. 9) and ESPN (No. 24)
  • Ranked among the nation's top players overall according to Rivals (No. 118)
  • Prepstar had him as the No. 8 player overall in California/Hawaii/Nevada
Other
  • Full name is Stefan Arnaz McClure
  • Born January 31, 1993
  • Parents are Alfred McClure and Zina Harris-McClure, both of whom were student-athletes at UNLV, with his father participating in track and field and his mother playing basketball
  • Considering a career in broadcasting or as a collegiate athletic director
  • Has spoken on behalf of or represented Cal football on several occasions including in the aftermath of Ted Agu’s passing, at 2014 Pac-12 Football Media Days, to the athletic department staff at a meeting about the student-athlete experience, as a member of the Chancellor’s Task Force on Academics and Athletics and the Cal football student-athlete academic council, and as a sideline reporter for Pac-12 Networks during the team’s 2015 spring game
  • Served an internship in the Cal athletics department
  • Has worked as a Little League umpire
  • Sociology major

McClure's Career Game Highs
Receptions: 1 (vs. Ohio State, 2013)
Receiving Yards: 11 (vs. Ohio State, 2013)
Long Reception: 11 (vs. Ohio State, 2013)
Tackles: 9 (three times, last Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl vs. Air Force, 2015)
Tackles For Loss: 1.5 (vs. Oregon, 2014)
Tackle For Loss Yards: 9 (vs. Washington State, 2015)
Sacks: 1.0 (vs. Washington State, 2015)
Sack Yards: 9 (vs. Washington State, 2015)
Fumble Recoveries: 1 (three times, last vs. Washington State, 2015)
Fumble Return Yards: 45 (vs. Washington State, 2015)
Long Fumble Return: 45 (vs. Washington State, 2015)
Fumble Return TDs: 1 (vs. Washington State, 2015)
Interceptions: 1 (twice, last vs. Oregon, 2014)
Interception Return Yards: 8 (vs. Utah, 2011)
Long Interception Return: 8 (vs. Utah, 2011)
Pass Breakups: 3 (at Oregon, 2013)
All-Purpose Yards: 8 (vs. Utah, 2011)

Last Updated
March 15, 2016

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