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Friday, April 27, 2012
Shea McClellin explains his stat line

By Jeff Dickerson

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- On paper, Shea McClellin's numbers in his final year at Boise State come up short when compared to a few of the other first-round pass rushers, especially Whitney Mercilus, who went seven picks later to the Houston Texans at No. 26.

But McClellin, the Chicago Bears' first-round pick, has a logical explanation as to why he registered seven sacks and 12.5 tackles for a loss, as opposed to Mercilus who had 16 sacks and 22 TFLs in 2011 for Illinois.

"I guess I didn’t have the stats compared to the other guys, but if you look at my stats you know I averaged, what, 35 plays a game compared to other guys getting 60, 70," McClellin said on Friday. "And they’re rushing the passer every down, I was in coverage, I was doing all kinds of things, so it’s hard to compare and that kind of thing. I really think I can be effective, hand in the dirt, standing up, whatever the team wants me to play, needs me to play.”

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