EDITOR'S NOTE:*Cornerback Antwaun Molden, 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.
I got a little more reps here and there in practice this week. But you know, whether or not I play more on defense in the game, I don't know what the coaches are going to do as far as me getting reps. I've just got to be prepared like I am every day.
I can't really assume anything just due to the simple fact that I don't know what they have up on the drawing board as far as playing time and series go, and so I just have to be ready. I just have to prepare myself.
I am ready, though. I've been working hard. I'm excited to see what I can do on the field. I know what I can do on the field, and now it's time to just do it.
Some people wrote in and asked how I would describe myself as a corner. I'd like to say I'm versatile. Of course, me being an athlete, I'm going to say that about myself. But I can play zone, man-to-man, bump, come up and tackle, and so those are the things that I know that God has blessed me with. So I see myself as a versatile corner.
I'm excited to see some of the other rookies do well, guys like Xavier Adibi and Frank Okam and of course Steve Slaton and Duane Brown. I see those guys play. I know what they can do. And they also know what I can do, so we just rally around each other, help each other out, pick each other up, because this is a tough business and every down counts.
I haven't really thought about our last game against Indy this week. It's a new week, a new day, a new time, and that's how we have to prepare. I don't look it as we almost won. I look at it as we lost. And so we have to prepare to win, and that's what every team does going into each week of competition.
We did do some good things in that first game, so there's definitely a carryover. We just have to be more consistent in what we do. If we can get a win this week, I think to try to put in words what that would mean for us right now would be an understatement or would belittle it. A win would be tremendous.
Of course, Indy, they have an explosive offense and I know it's going to be a hostile environment in that new stadium. We've just got to bring our 'A' game. I like a hostile crowd. I actually feed off of it because it's called adrenaline, and that's something that I love. I think it only helps to make us better.
Please give us your support this weekend while we're at Indy. It's going to be a hard-fought game. Thanks.
ANTWAUN MOLDEN DIARY ARCHIVE
11/8 -Losing Zac Diles; trying to be a positive role model
10/31- *Riding a three-game winning streak; thoughts on trick-or-treating
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