McClain earns NAIA, MSC honor


Cumberland returner James McClain was named the NAIA Special Teams Player of the Week after returning the opening kickoff of the second half 92 yards for a touchdown in CUs 21-17 victory last Saturday at 22nd-ranked Shorter University.

It was the first special teams touchdown of McClains career and the first kickoff return for a touchdown by a Bulldog since DaJuan Mannings 90-yard return against Kentucky Christian on November 7, 2009. McClains score gave the Bulldogs the lead for good and Adrian Baker added a two-yard TD run less than four minutes later for CUs final points in the contest.

He was also named Mid-South Conference Special Teams Player of the Week Monday.

It marks the second NAIA Special Teams Player of the Week honor during McClains career. The Nashville native posted 315 all-purpose yards at Belhaven University on October 26, 2008, including 70- and 58-yard touchdown receptions and 18- and seven-yard TD runs. He also returned five kicks for 98 yards in that contest.

Cumberland hosts Faulkner University this Saturday at 1:30 p.m. for Homecoming and Hall of Fame weekend at Lindsey Donnell Stadium-Kirk Field.