Madigan makes grade despite small stature
At 5-feet-6, 135 pounds, David Madigan is never the most physical player on the football field.
The senior is short in stature and lighter than most defenders, but he's found a spot where his skills are valuable for Eisenhower in his senior year.
"They all call me little Wes (Welker)," Madigan said. "Which is fine with me, he is an outstanding athlete and he's not very big, like me. I'm 135 pounds playing football. It's pretty ridiculous playing football (at this size) but it's alright. Little slot receiver, quick, little routes. I just don't wear the huge helmet."
Madigan is in his second year starting as a slot receiver for the Eagles. He is coming off one of his best games of the year last week in Choctaw in which he tied a season-high with five catches for 30 yards.
"Me and Bentley's hot night was Choctaw night," Madigan said. "Fayetteville was a hot spot for me and Bentley (Bross) and then back to Choctaw. Since 6th grade, I've been a receiver with Bentley as my quarterback. We were rivals before middle school but good buddies still. Then we got to middle school and played together there. He's been throwing me the ball ever since. It's kind of the same ole thing. By this time, we've got each other down. It's just eye contact and stuff like that on the field, we know what each other is thinking, we know what we're about to do. It's good stuff."
Madigan was effective against Choctaw but the Eagles lost 41-28 as they are still in search of their first district win of the year. Losses always hurt but Madigan knows the team is still improving and playing well.
"It was tough with the weather, different for sure," Madigan said. "I had never been in something like that before. I don't think it had much effect on the game. We've still got to come out and play. We're playing good right now. Just having some bad penalties and stuff like that is holding ourselves back. But we're playing pretty good, the offense and the defense is."