LOGAN, Utah – Former Utah State football player Brennan McFadden has the opportunity for a free agent deal with the Cleveland Browns, as the offensive lineman will go through the Browns’ mini-camp.McFadden will go to Cleveland this weekend, Friday-Sunday, April 30-May 2, for the free agent tryout, practicing twice on Friday, twice on Saturday and once on Sunday for the opportunity of earning a free agent contract.”It’s an amazing feeling,” McFadden said. “I’ve been dreaming about that call for a very long time and when it came, I was extremely excited. It’s one opportunity and you just need one opportunity to prove yourself. Like people say, not every team has to like you, just one team has to like you. I’m just happy and thankful that the Browns have given me this opportunity for a tryout at their camp to go and show them what I can do.”McFadden is a versatile offensive lineman, as he played three different positions during his college career, something that several teams were interested in, with the Browns showing the most interest.”Several teams contacted my agent showing interest in me after the draft was over and my agent called me Sunday morning saying the Browns were very interested in me. A little while later I got a call from one of their scouts and then their offensive line coach called me and said they want me to come in and compete for a spot,” McFadden said.If given a free agent contract, McFadden, a Grass Valley, Calif. (Nevada Union HS), native, would join former USU teammate and fellow Grass Valley native James Brindley in the free agent ranks, as Brindley signed a free agent deal with the Seattle Seahawks Saturday night.McFadden was a second-team Lindy’s College Football Preview Preseason all-WAC selection as well as a third-team Athlon Sports College Football Preview Preseason all-WAC honoree prior to the 2009 season after earning second-team all-WAC accolades in 2008.Last season, McFadden started all 12 games at center, the second-straight season in which he played in every game of the season. He anchored a USU offense that set a school record for total offense with 5,272 yards, and also paved way for a Utah State rushing attack that amassed 2,311 rushing yards, the first time over 2,000 rushing yards since 2,028 in 1975 and the most since 2,701 a year earlier in 1974. McFadden helped clear the way for USU running backs and quarterbacks to score 25 rushing TD’s, which are the fifth-most in school-history, while the 349 total points scored is No. 3 on the school record list. Overall, McFadden anchored an Aggie offense that posted top 15 marks in school history in 14 different categories.McFadden played three positions in his USU career, playing blocking tight end as a redshirt-freshman in 2006, moving to guard as a sophomore in 2007. He started at right guard in the first seven games of his junior season of 2008 before shifting to center in the Fresno State game in week eight after the first two centers went down with injuries, then started the final three games at center. He then started all 12 games of the 2009 season at center. -USU-
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