McFadden eager to return punts
TALLAHASSEE – is ready to put a little more work on Florida State junior CB
plate in 2017. During his first season as a starting boundary defender, McFadden gave up his fair share of big plays and dropped interceptions. But the former five-star Plantation American Heritage standout eventually settled into his role, and ended the season leading all defenders nationally with eight interceptions in 2016.
Now, Fisher wants McFadden to help the Seminoles secure ideal field position as a punt returner, a challenge McFadden is ready to tame head-on.
“As a defensive player, we don’t get our hands on the ball too often so when I get the ball in my hands, I’m trying to make something shake,” McFadden said. “I’m trying to go the distance.”
McFadden returned kicks and punts in high school, but was behind former WR and junior WR
in practice as a punt returner last season. With a year of experience under his belt, Fisher believes McFadden can help the offense get off to a good start whenever the defense comes up with a stop.
“At punt return, you just have to secure the ball first — that’s the main thing,” McFadden said. “If nothing else happens, you just have to make sure you catch the ball. Field position is a big thing in college football. If you drop the ball, it would give the other team momentum that we don’t need.”
No. 3 FSU vs. No. 1 Alabama (Atlanta), Saturday, 8 p.m., ABC
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