Rookie diary: Antwaun Molden

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EDITOR'S NOTE:*Cornerback Antwaun Molden, a third-round draft choice at No. 79 overall out of Eastern Kentucky, is providing fans with a weekly diary entry throughout his rookie season on HoustonTexans.com.
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It's been a lot of fun out there on the field these past few weeks. You're always having fun when you're winning, but on another level, we're having fun just because of the camaraderie of the team. I love playing with these guys, I love playing for them, I love playing for the organization.

I thought all the celebration dances against the Bengals were funny. People have thousands and thousands of opinions about that stuff, but me myself, it made me laugh.

I do know a couple of my teammates have to get some new dances, but I won't call anybody out in public. That stays in the locker room. If I ever score or get an interception or cause a fumble, though, I might bust out a couple of moves I have stored up. But it'd definitely take a big play.

I've been able adjust to things lately, and that's allowed me to make some plays on special teams. Coach Joe has put me in the position to make plays, and any way I can be of value to the team, I'm going to do it 110 percent and contribute.

I think when you know your assignment, you can go 110 percent like I was saying and execute everything full speed. When you know what you're doing out there, it just becomes about you going out and having fun, and that's what I'm doing.

I've gotten a few compliments from the coaches lately, and that means a lot because as a player, you don't get that many compliments because they're hard on you. And I'm hard on myself, too – I think I set the bar high and I have high expectations. But I know the coaches do as well, so it feels good to hear them say positive things. At the same time, I know the task at hand is not over with.

{QUOTE}I've heard Minnesota is the loudest stadium in the league. The Vikings themselves, just scouting them, they have a dangerous 1-2 punch with Adrian Peterson and Chester Taylor and they also have a good wide receiver attack. And like Coach Kubs said, you can't take the quarterback lightly. He coached Gus Frerotte for three years, he said, and he has one of the strongest arms he's coached.

It would definitely be big for us to get a win up there, just for the simple fact that it would send us to .500 even and from there, it's a new ballgame, it's a new season for us.

As for my Halloween plans, I'm just going to relax tonight given that we've got a plane ride at 9:00 in the morning. I'm just going to lay back, grab something good to eat, maybe good to a movie, but that's about it. No costumes for me this year.

I think the last time that I went trick-or-treating – and I'm going way back on this one – was at the age of 14. I always wore my baseball outfit when I was a kid – I was a baseball player and a football player a lot.

To all the fans, be safe out there. Make sure you go trick-or-treating in a safe environment, a safe neighborhood, and be careful.

  • Antwaun

ANTWAUN MOLDEN DIARY ARCHIVE
10/24 - Visiting local schools; making plays on special teams
10/17 - Making my first tackle; Dunta Robinson's return
10/10 - Moving past Indy; facing my old friend Teddy Ginn
10/3 - Looking forward to my first home game
9/26 - Contributing in any way that I can
9/19 - Experiencing Hurricane Ike - my first hurricane
9/12 - Anxious about the hurricane; playing on Monday night?
9/5 - Answering fan questions; preparing for Pittsburgh
8/26 - Watching Harry Williams go down
8/20 - Looking back on a week in New Orleans
8/8 - Excited for my first game; rookie hazing
8/2 - Training camp - tiring, but not overwhelming
7/27 - Life as a rookie in a new city

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