Best RB to enter the draft in the past two decades. Is a big explosive athlete, who showed excellent quicks & moves in the hole. Breaks secured tackles and finishes his runs. Judges distances well & showed real talent at the corner. Good backside vision & the ability to take it to the house. Can evaporate the pursuit angle with his great burst. Excellent hands & was extremely dangerous in space. A difference maker in every sense of the word.
Marino's Take: The Running Backs
2006: McFadden rushed for a school-record 1,647 yards on 284 carries. His season output marked the fifth-best rushing season in SEC history. McFadden led the SEC and ranked 10th in the nation averaging 117.6 yards per game rushing. He found the end zone 16 times racking up 14 rushing touchdowns, one receiving touchdown and one kickoff return score. He earned a rushing touchdown in nine of 14 games in 2006. In addition, he passed for three touchdowns out of the “Wildcat” formation. He finished the season 7-of-9 passing for 69 yards and three touchdowns. He hauled in 11 catches for 149 yards, including a career-long 70-yard touchdown reception. He returned 10 kickoffs for 262 yards and scored his first career kickoff return touchdown on a 92-yard run against Mississippi State. McFadden ranked first in the SEC and sixth in the nation with 147.0 all-purpose yards per game. He shattered the UA record for all-purpose yards in a season by 454 yards with his total of 2,058.
2005: He shattered the UA freshman record with 1,113 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns on 176 carries. The previous school record of 668 yards was set by Cedric Cobbs in 1999. He was fourth in the SEC and 31st in the nation in rushing. His rushing average was the third-best by a freshman in the country. In SEC play, he was third in the league with 103.8 yards per game. He tied for eighth in the league in scoring at 6.2 points per game. He was third among league players in touchdowns. He had at least one touchdown in seven of 11 games and scored multiple touchdowns four times. He was second in the SEC and 28th nationally with 137.5 all-purpose yards per game. He had 1,513 total yards with 1,113 rushing, 348 on 12 kickoff returns (29.0) and 52 on 14 receptions (3.7).
High School: He racked up 4,871 yards rushing on 497 attempts in his prep career and averaged 9.8 yards per carry for Coach John Mayes. He rushed for 1,965 yards and 27 touchdowns on 184 carries as a senior. He averaged 10.7 yards per carry and scored three or more rushing touchdowns in six games during his senior season. He made three receptions for 67 yards and one score. He completed six-of-15 passes for 75 yards and two touchdowns as a quarterback. He also returned nine punts for 370 yards and three touchdowns. As a junior, he rushed for a school-record 2,027 yards and 19 touchdowns on 204 carries. He averaged 9.9 yards per tote as a junior leading his squad to an 8-4 record and second-place finish in the 5-AAA Conference. He hauled in nine passes for 252 yards and two touchdowns as a junior. He also earned 103 yards on 12 punt returns. In his sophomore campaign, he rushed for 859 yards and 13 touchdowns on 109 carries. He hauled in 12 receptions for 333 yards and five scores. He also returned 10 punts for 82 yards and 14 kickoffs for 372 yards. In the summer of 2004, he was named as the most valuable player of the Houston Nutt Football Camp. In addition to football, he was a standout in baseball and track and field in high school. He owned a vertical jump of 32 inches in high school. He was also recruited by a host of other schools including Tennessee, Alabama, Nebraska, Auburn and Iowa.
Personal: Born Aug. 2