Sports nutrition company Ascent announced Tuesday it is now the official performance nutrition partner of Carolina Panthers star Christian McCaffrey.

McCaffrey, who was selected eighth overall pick in the 2017 draft, finished the 2018 season with 1,965 all-purpose yards and holds the single-season record for most receptions by a running back with 107 receptions.

“I have learned throughout my first two years of my professional career how important it is to properly recover,” McCaffrey said. “Everything I do off the field has an on-the-field purpose, and I notice a tangible and positive difference in how I feel post workout when I am using Ascent’s products. Their commitment to using zero artificial ingredients and their years of experience making clean protein allows me to trust that Ascent’s protein products are supporting me in continuing to do what I love.”

“Ascent is committed to making cleaner, purer protein that aid high-performing athletes, like Christian McCaffrey, recover efficiently and meet their daily nutritional needs,” says Paul Vraciu, general manager of Ascent Protein. “Christian has proven that he is always ready to give one-hundred percent, out on the field and in the gym training. Ascent is ready to support him so that he can recover and perform at a top-level day after day.”