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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Our coaches gave me our Special Teams Player of the Game award this week after the Monday night game, and that's something I was very grateful for. I'm pretty sure there's more to come, God willing – and all glory goes to God, because without Him, none of this is possible. So I just thank Him, first and foremost.

It feels good to be able to make an impact, but I have to give credit to all the 10 guys on the kickoff team because they also contribute to it as well. You have to account for Chaun Thompson and Dominique Barber, and you have (Kevin) Bentley; he's a tremendous athlete.

There are a lot of guys to account for, so when you have a fast guy like me, the coaches turn me loose. It's hard to block those guys one-on-one, so sometimes that frees me up with one-on-one opportunities.

When the ball's in the air on a kickoff or punt, I look at the alignment, look at the splits, and just from watching film, there's probably a 65-70 percent chance of me knowing what I'm going to get. It's just up to us to make the play.

I think those plays are important because they set the tone for our defense. Any time you can get a tackle inside the 20-yard line, it's tremendous because it gets the crowd into it at home games. It can be a momentum shifter, and that's why I take pride on kickoffs.

{QUOTE}Everybody's been asking us about how we're going to deal with the cold weather in Green Bay this weekend, but I see everything as an opportunity. I know it's going to be cold and I know people are looking at us as the underdog, but that's just a good chance for us to go and showcase what we're made of, under any circumstances.

I'm kind of used to the cold weather because I'm from Cleveland; I'm from the Snow Belt. But I was looking at Jacques' (Reeves) iPhone this morning and it said one degree in Green Bay. I wasn't too happy about that.

I am looking forward to playing at Lambeau Field, though. It's a historic stadium, and I've heard a lot about it. I've heard a lot about the fans and the tradition they have there. It should be exciting to play in that kind of setting.

With Aaron Rodgers, you've got a guy who's been pretty consistent the past six, seven weeks. They've had some tough losses, but they still have firepower with (Greg) Jennings and Donald Driver and Donald Lee and Ryan Grant.

Thanks for your continued support, and cheer hard for us on Sunday.

ANTWAUN MOLDEN DIARY ARCHIVE
11/30 -
My Cleveland experience; getting ready to play on Monday night
11/21- *Going back home to play at Cleveland
11/14 - Preparing for another shot at Indy
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

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