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A former wide receiver recruit out of high school, McFadden moved over to the secondary as a freshman and worked his way into a starting role. He progressed each season and earned First Team All-Mountain West honors each of the past three seasons. With lofty expectations, McFadden had a productive senior season in 2012 with 15 passes defended and a career-best 3 interceptions, which he returned for 124 yards (41.3 average) and a pair of scores.
McFadden finishes his career as one of the most decorated defensive players at San Diego State. He leaves the Aztecs with 47 career passes defended and 8 interceptions, starting 45 games over his career. The son of a nine-year MLB veteran, McFadden is a talented all-around athlete with the fluid skill-set and productive resume to make an impact at the next level.
Strengths: Fluid feet, hips and joints to quickly change directions and stick with receivers up and down the field. Natural speed to cover vertical routes and recover after false steps. Aggressive with the ball in the air and won?t concede anything thrown his way. Natural instincts with a knack for always knowing where the ball is located. Plays the position with a fearless demeanor to bait throws and takes chances in coverage. Good chase skills and plays fast in pursuit, only knowing one speed. Solidly-built and has better functional strength than expected. Very strong resume with excellent experience and production. Already has strong practice habits and a pro demeanor.
Weaknesses: Lacks ideal height and length and doesn?t have much growth potential. Needs to be more consistent as a tackler to hit through the ballcarrier and wrap. Can be out-muscled by bigger receivers and his lack of size will show at times. Inconsistent in press coverage and looks more natural in off-man or in space.
A candidate for both All-America and all-conference honors ... Great cover skills with opposing offenses routinely staying away from his side of the field ... Originally signed as a wide receiver, but converted to defensive back full time during 2009 fall camp ... 2009 and 2010 MWC all-academic selection ... SDSU scholar-athlete ... Also has contributed in the return game, returning punts ... Already tabbed preseason first-team all-conference for 2012 by Phil Steele, Lindy's Sports and Athlon Sports ... Has played in every contest since coming to campus as a true freshman in 2009 ... Enters his senior campaign with 27 career PBUs, which rank eighth in school history.
McFadden became the fifth San Diego State player in school history to earn first-team all-conference accolades in three consecutive seasons and the first since Kirk Morrison from 2002-04. McFadden, who has played in every game since arriving on campus as a true freshman in 2009 and is tied for the most pass breakups in program history, has set career highs this year in tackles (59), solo stops (45), interceptions (3) and forced fumbles (1), while adding 10 PBUs and two interceptions returned for a touchdown.
Earned first-team all-MW honors for the second consecutive season, the first Aztec defensive back to do so in back-to-back campaigns since Will Demps in 2000-01 ... Ranked No. 1 in the Mountain West for the second consecutive year and 12th nationally in passes defended with 17, including six more breakups than any other player in the league ... His 15 PBUs are third-most in Aztec season history ... Tabbed a midseason All-American (honorable mention) by Phil Steele and also a midseason all-MW first-team pick ... Named a 2011 preseason first-team all-conference pick by Athlon Sports, Blue Ribbon, Lindy's Sports and Phil Steele ... Started all 13 outings, compiling 46 tackles, including three for a loss, and two interceptions ... Starter at cornerback in the opener, making three tackles and also recording a pass breakup in the win over Cal Poly.
Had two PBUs, including one in the end zone and one on Army's final drive of the game, to go with two tackles ... Also returned his first punt for 9 yards in the third quarter at Army ... Four tackles and two PBUs for the second game in a row vs. Washington State, while also logging three punt returns, highlighted by a career-long 26-yarder ... Recorded three solo efforts in the loss at Michigan, while logging his first career carries on offense for 5 yards ... Posted his first interception of the season, returning it 23 yards against TCU ... Also had three solo stops and a pass breakup vs. the Horned Frogs ... Had a season-high six tackles with a PBU at Air Force ... Made four stops vs. Wyoming and also had 0.5 TFL and a PBU ... Intercepted another pass vs. New Mexico ... Had a tackle and a PBU at Colorado State ... Broke up two passes and had a tackle vs. Boise State ... Tied his career high with seven tackles, including a sack at UNLV ... Tied his career high once again with a team-high seven tackles vs. Fresno State ... Batted down a pair of passes and also had four stops in the bowl game in New Orleans.
Started every game at cornerback and also served as a punt returner ... Named a first-team all-MWC selection ... Phil Steele postseason all-MWC first team ... Led the league and tied for 17th nationally in passes defended per game (1.08) ... Ranked third on the team in tackles with 55 and in stops for loss with 7.0 ... One of three Aztecs with two interceptions ... Starter at cornerback (2 tackles) and also returned punts (3 for 33 yards) in the opener against Nicholls ... Three assisted tackles in the win over New Mexico State ... Second career interception and first of the season at No. 25 Missouri ... Posted four stops, two PBUs and returned two punts for 13 yards against the Tigers ... Career-best and team game-high seven tackles, including three for a loss of 20 yards, in the win vs. Utah State ... Second INT of the season in the end zone at BYU ... Outstanding effort in the upset of No. 23 Air Force, contributing three solo tackles with one for a loss and breaking up three pass attempts ... Five stops in the win at UNM ... Two TFLs, including a sack for a loss of 11 yards, in the victory at Wyoming ... Tied his career high with seven tackles and added a PBU and a TFL vs. Colorado State ... Had another seven-tackle game with two PBUs at TCU ... Made four stops with a PBU vs. Utah ... Had five stops against UNLV ... Posted one tackle in the Poinsettia Bowl victory.
Only true freshman to play in all 12 contests for the Aztecs a year ago ... Started six games, including each of the first five ... MWC?all-freshman squad by Rivals.com ... Logged 26 tackles, including at least one in every outing ... Had a sack, an interception and blocked a pair of kicks ... One of two true freshmen to start against UCLA ... Earned the nod at left cornerback, making two tackles and adding a blocked extra point ... In his second start vs. Southern Utah, blocked another kick and returned it after a lateral for a defensive extra point ... Also added two stops against the T-Birds ... Two solo tackles as a starter at Idaho and a season-best five stops at Air Force ... Recorded his first career interception in the win over New Mexico State, returning it 39 yards to set up and SDSU field goal ... Came off the bench for the first time vs. BYU, logging only one solo tackle ... Starter at left cornerback at Colorado State and a reserve against UNM ... Also played against TCU and Wyoming ... Recorded his first career sack vs. Wyoming ... Had an assisted stop at Utah and in the finale at UNLV.
Recorded 32 receptions for an average of 16.3 yards per catch, including seven touchdowns in 2008 at St. John Bosco in Bellflower, Calif. ... Was selected to the Trinity League first-team defense after he recorded 48 tackles and four interceptions in 2008 ... Caught a season-high seven passes for 108 yards against Lutheran High.
Born Oct. 26, 1990, in Bellflower, Calif. ... Son of Mia Price McFadden and Leon McFadden ... Has three sisters ... Father, Leon, played professional baseball with the Houston Astros organization ... Also drew interest from BYU, Washington, Utah State, Idaho and Sacramento State ... Majoring in communications.
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11/03/14 - CB Leon McFadden was promoted from the practice squad to the 53-man active roster for the 49ers' game against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday. McFadden never entered the game in what would have been his 49ers debut.
11/02/14 - CB Leon McFadden was signed by the 49ers from their practice squad Saturday (Nov. 1). McFadden (5-10, 190) was signed to the 49ers practice squad on September 15, 2014, where he spent the last six weeks. He was originally drafted in the third round (68th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. McFadden appeared in all 16 games (two starts) as a rookie, recording 19 tackles and one pass defensed before being waived on August 30, 2014. He was acquired on waivers by the New York Jets on August 31 and was later waived on September 11.
09/17/14 - DB Leon McFadden was signed to the 49ers' practice squad. McFadden played all 16 games for the Cleveland Browns last season after having been their third-round draft pick.
The New York Jets claimed McFadden off waivers before the season, but then released him after just one game.
09/16/14 - CB Leon McFadden was signed to the practice squad by the 49ers Tuesday (Sept. 16). McFadden (5-10, 190) was originally drafted in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. He appeared in all 16 games (two starts) as a rookie, recording 19 tackles and one pass defensed before being waived on August 30, 2014. McFadden was acquired on waivers by the New York Jets on August 31 and was later waived on September 11.
09/11/14 - CB Leon McFadden was waived by the Jets Thursday (Sept. 11).