A season ago, Marshall McFadden was an undrafted free agent from South Carolina State. During his time with the Bulldogs, McFadden finished his college career with more than 300 tackles, 30 TFLs, 10 sacks, three interceptions, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.
McFadden went into the 2012 season looking to make a roster spot, although he did not earn a place on the 53 man roster, he found a spot on the practice squad. In year two, McFadden is ready to become a bigger contribution to the Steelers.
“Last year I was one of those guys that showed up and willing and compete,” McFadden said. “I ended up making the practice squad. This is a different year. I have a year experience, and they expect me more out of me and I have to keep performing well I want to stay around.” McFadden told scnow.com
McFadden got an early jump on the 2013 season by attending rookie minicamp in early May along with the rest of the offseason training during the spring.
“I have been busy working on my craft, working on going over plays and getting my body ready for the season,” McFadden said. “I am ready to carry the load and bust up on special teams and at inside linebacker.”
Steelers Digest editor Bob Labriola compared McFadden to former defensive MVP in a tweet on Monday. “Marshall McFadden is somebody to watch. Looks like James Harrison, hits like Harrison, nasty like Harrison.”
Off the field, inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons has been like a big brother to McFadden.
“Lawrence and I do things together off the field, and he has been like big brother to me,” McFadden said. “He leads by example, and I respect that and everything he does.”
As you see Steeler Nation, McFadden has been raising eyebrows early in Latrobe. He like the other players fighting for playing time and a roster spot, is putting it all on the line.