December 30, 2009

McFadden makes most of AU career

Walt McFadden's Auburn career almost ended before it ever got started.

The All-SEC cornerback came to Auburn out of Pompano Beach (Fla.) Ely with a lot of confidence in 2005 but quickly found himself buried on the depth chart.

It didn't take McFadden long to start second-guessing his decision to sign with AU. He credits former defensive coordinator Will Muschamp and cornerbacks coach Phillip Lolley for keeping him on the right track.

"(Muschamp) told me that if you had a attitude you wouldn't get nowhere," McFadden said. "And he showed me and I didn't play the first five games and once I kind of realized I wasn't getting my way, I had to go his way. He started seeing it so by the seventh game I'm the starting nickel.

"And just, man, I've started from there on out. I just had to do what I had to do to be that guy and be a part of the team, not breaking it."

It's an adjustment that many freshmen have to go through making the transition from high school to college. For McFadden, he also had a number of future NFL players in front of him on the roster including Pat Lee, Jonathan Wilhite and Jerraud Powers.

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