Former IU football star Micah McFadden has risen to the top of the depth chart at the start of his second season in the NFL.
On Tuesday the New York Giants listed McFadden as their starting Will linebacker to open the 2023 campaign.
Listed at 6-foot-2 and 232 pounds by the Giants, McFadden started seven of 17 games as a rookie in 2022 and finished the season with 59 tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble.
The Giants face the Cowboys on Sept. 10 in a nationally televised game.
The Tampa, Fla. product was selected in the fifth round by New York in 2022. He was the 146th overall player taken in the 2022 Draft, going earlier on the third day than many had expected.
McFadden finished his IU career with 216 tackles, 149 solo, 14 sacks (94 yards), 37 for loss (169 yards), four interceptions, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and four pass breakups. His 37 TFLs share sixth in program history.
He decided to forego his final year of college eligibility to enter the 2022 draft.
McFadden has come a long way since Tom Allen recruited him out of Plant High School. Allen discovered McFadden in large part because he was a teammate of his son Thomas Allen. Indiana was McFadden’s only serious Power Five suitor, and he jumped at the opportunity to come to Bloomington.
According to the 247Sports Composite, McFadden was the No. 1,986 ranked player in the 2018 class, the No. 139 outside linebacker, and the No. 316 player just in the state of Florida. He was the lowest rated scholarship player in Indiana’s 2018 class.
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