McLee, 52, was a native of Uniontown, Pa., who became an All-Southeastern Conference player.
He passed 1942 Heisman Trophy winner Frank Sinkwich to become Georgia's all-time leading rusher.
McLee finished his career in 1977 with 2,581 career yards, now fifth on Georgia's records. Sinkwich's old mark was 2,271 yards.
McLee led Georgia with 1,058 yards rushing as the Bulldogs won the SEC championship in 1976, and he also led the team with 717 yards the following season.
McLee still ranks among Georgia's career leaders in several categories. He is third with 562 career rushes.
Funeral arrangements are not yet complete.