Darren McFadden Q&A

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RB Darren McFadden runs during practice.Photo by Tony Gonzales.

Q: Can you describe what Hue said to you last year when he asked you what type of plays you liked to run?

Darren McFadden: Yeah, I think every running back has certain types of plays that they feel most comfortable running. He asked me what types of plays I liked to run, I told him, and he tried to put them into the playbook for me.

Q: Did he put them all in?

McFadden: Yeah he did for the most part. For the most part they were a part of the offense and we used them a lot more.

Q: Are they more power plays?

McFadden: They were more downhill runs. I like to get going downhill, make a move, and go.

Q: Do you think that had as much to do with your breakout season as getting healthy was?

McFadden: I feel like it was a 50/50 thing. You have to be able to stay healthy and go play so that you can into the groove of playing. For a running back you need to be in that groove, you can't just go out there and get one or two carries and expect to have a good game. You have to get in the groove and get going.

Q: Do you ever suggest plays when you are in the huddle?

McFadden: Oh yeah, the running back and offensive line always talk about which plays are going good for us and you try to get more of those runs.

Q: What's your reaction to Terrelle Pryor joining this team?

McFadden: I feel like he was a great college quarterback. He did a great job at Ohio State, and I'm looking forward to getting him out here and seeing what he can do for us.

Q: Do you think he has what it takes to be a quarterback at the next level?

McFadden: Yeah I think anybody does. Any quarterback that comes from college has to work hard, read their playbook, and make plays. He just needs to come here, study his plays, and make the right decisions on the field.

Q: Do you think you will play Sunday against New Orleans?

McFadden: That's something I'm going to let the coaches and training staff take care of right now.

Q: How are you feeling out there physically being out there again? Coach Hue said he had to kind of slow you down because you wanted to keep going.

McFadden: Yeah, I'm feeling great out there. I was telling him if I was going to be out here I wanted to go all the way, but they still want to hold me back a little bit.

Q: Did you use any negative energy from outside the organization from your first two years to fuel you in your breakout season?

McFadden: It was one of those things where you hear whispers and things like that, but I kind of just let it roll off my shoulders because I know what type of player I am and I just want to go out there and play ball.

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