LOGAN, Utah – Former Utah State football player Brennan McFadden has signed with the San Jose SaberCats of the Arena Football League. “I’m excited for the chance to play football again. I took some time off to pursue my teaching credential and this opportunity came about, and I couldn’t pass it up. I’m excited that I’m going to keep playing football while I’m young and I still can,” McFadden said. McFadden, a native of Grass Valley, Calif. (Nevada Union HS), was a four-year letterwinner at USU, seeing action at three positions in his Aggie career, playing blocking tight end as a redshirt-freshman in 2006, then 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. 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. In 2009, 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 had a free-agent tryout with the Cleveland Browns in April, 2010. The San Jose Sabercats, winners of ArenaBowl XVI, XVIII and XXI, open the 2011 season against the defending ArenaBowl champion Spokane Shock on March 11 as they open their 15th season. More information about the SaberCats is available at www.thesanjosesabercats.com. -USU-
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