As a freshman in 2003, McBride played in eight games but only contributed one tackle. He began to show his potential as a sophomore splitting his time between end and tackle, finishing with 36 tackles, eight for loss, and three sacks on the year. An ankle injury limited him to nine games in 2005, but he still managed 16 tackles, 3.5 for loss, and 2.5 sacks. McBride closed out his career with an impressive senior season, finishing with 68 yards, nine for loss, and a sack.
McBride has fantastic quickness and is a constant force at getting into the backfield. He has a great burst off the line and the speed to get into the backfield and run plays down. As an end, he holds his ground well and can get off blocks and stop the run. He brings a lot of versatility, with the ability to effectively play inside and out in a 4-3, and end in a 3-4.
McBride seems to fit better as a penetrating tackle in a 4-3, but he will need to bulk up to be able to hold up at the point, and withstand the beating of taking on interior lineman. As a 4-3 end, he may not have the explosive pass rush ability to get after the QB on a consistent basis.
McBride is a talented and versatile lineman. He can play a number of roles, but his best may be as a 4-3 tackle. If he can add some weight to his frame and maintain it, he could be a force at getting into the opponents backfield.