The team’s “fifth” defensive lineman, McBride proved to be not only a capable performer, but also a versatile one, playing at a variety of positions on the front wall throughout his career. Much like Penn State’s Tim Shaw, McBride was the first player the coaching staff would plug into a position when injuries or poor performances dictated that the Vols needed a spark upfront.While moving around to different positions would generally impede the progress of a young athlete, McBride seemed to thrive in the role. Even though he started only 17 of 43 games during his career, the coaches will tell you that he was their most valuable lineman.
For McBride, it was a “family affair” at Woodrow Wilson High School, where the talented athlete played football for his uncle, head coach Mike McBride. He earned Parade and Super Prep All-American honors, in addition to garnering All-State, All-Area, All-Group III, All-Conference and All-South Jersey accolades. He was rated the fifth-best overall prospect in the state of New Jersey by Super Prep.
McBride was a four-year starter as a receiver and started his final two seasons as a defensive end. He recorded 67 tackles, four fumble recoveries, four caused fumbles, one interception and four blocked punts as a senior. He set a school season-record with 16 sacks that year after totaling 13 his junior year.
The previous season, he totaled 60 tackles to go with three fumble recoveries, four blocked field goals and two fumble returns for scores. On offense that season, had 24 catches for 486 yards and nine touchdowns. He also lettered in track, competing in the shot put and discus while also running in the 100 meters.
McBride enrolled at Tennessee in 2003 and saw action in eight games as a true freshman. He was listed third on the depth chart at right defensive end, managing one assisted tackle while deflecting one pass. In 2004, McBride’s versatility came into play. With injuries on the front wall, he appeared in all thirteen games. He started vs. Georgia at left end, lined up at left tackle vs. Alabama and Vanderbilt, then, he shifted to right tackle for the Auburn clash. He finished the season with 36 tackles (22 solos), three sacks, eight stops for losses and six pressures. He also caused and recovered two fumbles.
An ankle sprain would limit McBride to nine games of action in 2005. He lined up at left tackle, producing 16 tackles (9 solos) with 2.5 sacks and 3.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage. He also came up with three quarterback pressures.
His versatility and newfound leadership skills helped the team through several injuries in 2006. He was also injured himself, suffering a hip injury vs. Georgia, but he played through pain to start all 13 games. He took over the defensive captaincy role when Justin Harrell was lost for the season after the third game. McBride started the first two games at left end, shifted to right tackle vs. Florida and then shifted to Harrell’s left tackle spot for the rest of the campaign. He picked up All-South-astern Conference honors, as he recorded 68 tackles (42 solos), one sack, nine stops for losses and five pressures. He also caused one fumble and deflected a pass.
In 43 games at Tennessee, McBride started 17 times. He finished with 121 tackles (73 solos), 6.5 sacks for minus 42 yards, 20.5 stops for losses of 74 yards and fourteen quarterback pressures. He recovered a pair of fumbles and caused three others. He also had three pass deflections.
McBride’s versatility saw him start twelve games at left defensive tackle, three at left end and two at right tackle during his career…17 of his 20.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage came in contests that he started.
Earned Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference honors…Added Brooks-Irvine Memorial Football Club of South Jersey Division I-A Player of the Year honors…Named SEC Defensive Linemen of the Week vs. Kentucky…Took over permanent defensive captaincy after Justin Harrell was lost for the season after the third game…Started vs. California and Air Force at left defensive end, lined up at right tackle vs. Florida and then took over Harrell’s role at left tackle the rest of the season…Finished fourth on the team with a career-high 68 tackles (42 solos)…Credited with an 8-yard sack, nine stops for losses of 28 yards and five quarterback pressures…Also caused one fumble and deflected a pass.
Played in nine games as a reserve defensive tackle…Suffered a high ankle sprain in the season’s third game vs. Florida, sitting out the following week vs. Mississippi…The injury would linger throughout the season, as he eventually had to sit out a mid November meeting vs. Memphis…Finished with 16 tackles (9 solos), 2.5 sacks for minus 21 yards and 3.5 stops for losses of 22 yards…Also credited with three quarterback pressures.
Played in all thirteen games, starting vs. Georgia at left defensive end, vs. Alabama and Vanderbilt at left tackle and vs. Auburn at right tackle…Recorded 36 tackles (22 solos) with three sacks for minus 13 yards and eight stops for losses of 24 yards…Credited with six quarterback pressures and deflected one pass…Recovered and caused two fumbles.
Appeared briefly in eight games as a reserve right defensive end…Recorded one assisted tackle and deflected one pass vs. Vanderbilt.
Attended Woodrow Wilson (Camden, N.J.) High School, playing football for his uncle, head coach Mike McBride…Parade and Super Prep All-American…Earned All-State, All-Area, All-Group III, All-Conference and All-South Jersey accolades…Rated the fifth-best overall prospect in the state of New Jersey by Super Prep…Four-year starter as a receiver and started his final two seasons as a defensive end…Recorded 67 tackles, four fumble recoveries, four caused fumbles, one interception and four blocked punts as a senior… Set a school season-record with 16 sacks that year after totaling 13 his junior year…The previous season, he totaled 60 tackles to go with three fumble recoveries, four blocked field goals and two fumble returns for scores…On offense that season, had 24 catches for 486 yards and nine touchdowns…Lettered in track, competing in the shot put and discus while also running in the 100 meters.
Sociology major, enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences…Uncle, Mike McBride, coached Turk during his football days at Woodrow Wilson High School…Born Claude Maurice McBride on 5/30/85…Resides in Camden, New Jersey.