Rookie diary: Antwaun Molden

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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.

It feels good to be going home to Cleveland, not only playing football up there but going to see my family and friends as well. They're going to be there supporting us.

I'm going to say I have about 15 family members coming to the game. Friends, I can't even count how many on one hand. There'll be a lot. But all of my immediate family will be there as well as my extended family and also my friends, so I'm going to get to see them because they're all coming to the game to support me.

I'll get to see them after the game. I'll probably talk to my grandmother, my sister and them before the game, but only on the phone because I've got to stay focused.

People from home have been hitting me up on MySpace all week telling me that they're looking forward to seeing us play and seeing me get on the field. Me personally, I'm excited. It's just a great opportunity.

{QUOTE}I grew up watching the Browns, even though they weren't my favorite team. But it's always good to go back home. I won't be acclimated to the weather up there because I've been down in Houston, where the average temperature is 80 on a bad day. But I'm looking forward to going back, though.

Coach Kubiak said this week that I'll get a chance to play outside at cornerback. It's exciting to know that I'm getting in the game. However, I still have to be ready, because what the coaches do in the front office, on their drawing board, I have no control over it. So I just have to prepare like I do every week.

To all the fans who are still with us, we're fighting. We're not giving up; we're fighting. We're going on the road and then we come back next week and we're at home, so this game is very important for us. We have to get a win. I know the Browns are thinking the same thing. You play to win the game – that's Herman Edwards, right? – so it's important to us.

Thanks for all your support, and God bless.

ANTWAUN MOLDEN DIARY ARCHIVE
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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