Oct. 11, 2012
SAN DIEGO - San Diego State senior cornerback Leon McFadden was named to Phil Steele's 2012 Midseason All-American team on Thursday as a fourth-team selection. The Inglewood, Calif., native has enjoyed a stellar first six games of the season, tallying 30 tackles along with a team-high three interceptions that he notched in three straight games (Sept. 15-29).
With his selection, McFadden joins an elite list of 15 other defensive backs also named Phil Steele Midseason All-Americans, headlined by Johnthan Banks (Mississippi State), Dee Milliner (Alabama), Eric Reid (LSU) and Matt Elam (Florida). McFadden has the added distinction of being one of only two defensive players recognized from the Mountain West (Fresno State's Phillip Thomas).
McFadden has been instrumental to SDSU's defense this year as two of his three interceptions in 2012 have been returned for a touchdown. He is just the second Aztec with two interceptions returned for a touchdown in a season (also Tory Nixon in 1986). McFadden's two career interceptions for a touchdown trail only Ricky Parker's three from 1993-96.
On the season, McFadden ranks second in the Mountain West and is tied for 21st in the nation with 1.50 passes defended per game (9 total). He is also tied for second in the Mountain West and tied for 20th in the country with 0.50 interceptions per game (3 total).
This is yet another accolade for McFadden as he was named the Mountain West preseason defensive player of the year prior to the start of the season. He was also on the preseason watch list for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy (best defensive player) and the Jim Thorpe Award (DB). McFadden, who has been a first-team all-Mountain West selection the past two seasons, is looking to become the school's fourth three-time first-team all-league selection, joining Marshall Faulk, Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila and Kirk Morrison.