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It’s Darren McFadden (born in North Little Rock, Arkansas, August 27th 1987), former Oakland Raiders’ First Round pick (4th overall), the first “big” free agent signed by Cowboys’ staff to be the next franchise’s RB, after Murray’s left. Probably, as we already wrote, we’re going to see a RB pick during the Draft, but, this F.A. move, make the coaching staff able to do rotation in a crucial position for Cowboys’ game-plan.
Let’s take a deep look at who Darren McFadden is.
He graduates from Oak Grove High School, situated in his born town, where he excelled in football, baseball and as sprinter in track’n’field. He played both RB and Safety, and during his Senior year won the Landers Award, that made him one of the most followed Arkansas’ athletes.
Arkansas was the University where he chose to play, although he had a lot of requests from South Universities.
Under Head Coach Houston Nutt Jr, in 2005 Darren was able to record-matching the rushing yards for a Freshman (1.113 yards, 11 Td in 176 attempts). He also had a pass completion against LSU, converting a hard 4th down.
In 2006, after a slow start ’cause of a foot injury occurred in a night club, he brokes the Arkansas rushing yards record (rushed 1.647 yards), had 3 passing-Td and became a First-Team All-America.
Furthermore, he earned the 2nd place at the Heisman Trophy runs, behind Qb Troy Smith.
At the 2007 season’s start, he declared himself elegible for the 2008 Nfl Draft and started the season with five consecutive games with 100 and more yards, in a match against South Carolina he had 321 rushing yards, matching the Southeastern Conference single-game rushing record. He was just the second player in NCAA to win back-to-back Doak Walker Award, he also received the SEC Offensive Player of the Year and Walter Camp Award.
During 2008 Nfl Combine he ran a 4.27 in the 40 yard-dash, just behind Chris Johnson and his 4.24.
He was picked during 4th Overall by the Oakland Raiders and signed a six-years, 60 milions $, 26 guaranteed.
In his first-two years he struggled ’cause of injuries, but 2010 was the reborn’s year, he had six games over 100 yards, 1.157 rushing yards, 506 receiving yards and 10 total Tds.
In the 2011 season he had a terrible start, ’cause of an eye-injury occurred in Training Camp, but had a Week 1 amazing performance with 150 rushing yard and won the FedEX Ground NFL Player of the Week. Unfortunately, his season ended with an ankle injury in Week 7.
While he had great performance in 2012 and 2013, he never played entire seasons ’cause of injuries.
He has been re-signed by Oakland Raiders in 2014 and played an entire season for his first time ever in his career.
Let’s wish him our bests to him, a new ‘Boys, and hope to see him playing at the highest levels after too much bad luck and be our next workhorse!
Welcome on board, Darren McFadden!!!