Tarvarus McFadden

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Tarvarus McFadden
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McFadden with the Argonauts in 2022
No. 20 – Toronto Argonauts
Personal information
Born: (1997-01-28) January 28, 1997 (age 26)
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school:American Heritage School
(Plantation, Florida)
College:Florida State
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Active
CFL status:American
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com

Tarvarus McFadden (born January 28, 1997) is a gridiron football cornerback for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He played college football at Florida State, and was signed by the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted free agent in 2018. He played for the Tampa Bay Vipers in the XFL.

Early years[edit]

High school career[edit]

McFadden attended American Heritage High School in Plantation, Florida. As a senior, he led his school to a second consecutive 5A state championship by tallying five interceptions, 41 tackles, six pass breakups, two forced fumbles and scoring five total touchdowns in four different ways (one pick six, two punt returns, one kickoff, one reception). He was named into 5A All-State First-team and American Family Insurance Florida All-State Team honors, named the 2014 All-Broward Defensive Player of the Year and to the All-Broward County Team, and MaxPreps Medium School All-American.


He was rated as a five-star recruit by Scout.com, Rivals.com, 247Sports.com, and ESPN.com. He was ranked as the nation's No. 3 defensive back in the class of 2015 by Rivals.com and 247Sports.com, No. 4 by Scout.com and No. 5 by ESPN.com. He was ranked as the nation's No. 13 overall player by Rivals.com, No. 17 by Scout.com, No. 19 by 247Sports.com and No. 47 by ESPN.com.[1][2] He committed to Florida State University to play college football.[3]

College career[edit]

Freshman season[edit]

As a freshman at Florida State in 2015, McFadden played in limited playing time and had only four tackles and one kickoff return for 26 yards.

Sophomore season[edit]

As a sophomore, he took over as the starter, finishing with eight interceptions on the season, tied for the most in the country and second-most in FSU single-season history en route to first-team All-America honors from the FWAA and Phil Steele, All-ACC First-team accolades, was one of five finalists for the Bronko Nagurski Award, which is given to the nation's top defensive player, and collected the Jack Tatum Trophy, given to the nation's top defensive back by the Touchdown Club of Columbus. He was also named first-team All-ACC and was also a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy. Along with his eight interceptions, McFadden also totaled 20 tackles, including three tackles for loss, and six pass breakups. [4][5][6][7]

Junior season[edit]

McFadden finished his junior season, totaling 30 tackles, 10 pass breakups and returning a blocked field goal 63 yards for a touchdown against Delaware State. He also earned second-team All-ACC and was named to the preseason Chuck Bednarik Award, Bronko Nagurski Award and Jim Thorpe Award watch list.

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash Vertical jump Broad jump
6 ft 2+14 in
(1.89 m)
204 lb
(93 kg)
32+12 in
(0.83 m)
10+38 in
(0.26 m)
4.67 s 38+12 in
(0.98 m)
10 ft 1 in
(3.07 m)
All values from NFL Combine[8]

San Francisco 49ers[edit]

McFadden signed with the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted free agent on May 1, 2018.[9] He was waived on September 1, 2018.[10]

Indianapolis Colts[edit]

On September 11, 2018, McFadden was signed to the Indianapolis Colts' practice squad.[11] He was released on September 24, 2018.[12]

San Francisco 49ers (second stint)[edit]

On November 8, 2018, McFadden was signed to the San Francisco 49ers practice squad.[13] He signed a reserve/future contract with the 49ers on January 2, 2019.[14] He was waived on April 29, 2019.[15]

Detroit Lions[edit]

On August 4, 2019, McFadden was signed by the Detroit Lions.[16] He was waived/injured two days later and placed on injured reserve.[17] He was released on August 10.

Tampa Bay Vipers[edit]

McFadden was signed by the Tampa Bay Vipers of the XFL on December 22, 2019.[18] He had his contract terminated when the league suspended operations on April 10, 2020.[19]

Toronto Argonauts[edit]

On February 15, 2021, McFadden signed with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League (CFL).[20]


  1. ^ "College Sports News and Recruiting".
  2. ^ "Tarvarus McFadden, 2015 Cornerback - Rivals.com". N.rivals.com. Retrieved August 31, 2022.
  3. ^ Tarvarus McFadden commits to FSU
  4. ^ Consistency, interceptions have Tarvarus McFadden steadying FSU's secondary
  5. ^ FSU starting CB Tarvarus McFadden's bounce-back mentality paying off
  6. ^ FSU's Tarvarus McFadden named finalist for Nagurski Trophy
  7. ^ FSU’s Cook leads All-ACC team
  8. ^ "NFL Draft & Combine Profile - TARVARUS MCFADDEN". www.nfl.com.
  9. ^ "49ers Sign Four Additional Undrafted Free Agents". 49ers.com. May 1, 2018.
  10. ^ "49ers Cut 21 Players, Get Roster Down to 53". 49ers.com. September 1, 2018.
  11. ^ "Roster Moves: Colts Sign CB Lenzy Pipkins To Active Roster; Place T J'Marcus Webb On IR". Colts.com. September 11, 2018.
  12. ^ "Roster Moves: Colts Claim CB Arthur Maulet Off Waivers; Release RB Christine Michael". Colts.com. September 24, 2018.
  13. ^ "49ers Promote DB Greg Mabin to Active Roster, Sign CB Tarvarus McFadden to Practice Squad". 49ers.com. November 8, 2018.
  14. ^ "49ers Sign Six Players to Reserve/Future Contracts". 49ers.com. January 2, 2019.
  15. ^ "San Francisco 49ers Waive Seven Players". 49ers.com. April 29, 2019.
  16. ^ "Lions sign free agent CB Tarvarus McFadden". DetroitLions.com. August 4, 2019.
  17. ^ "Lions sign free agent CB Johnathan Alston". DetroitLions.com. August 6, 2019.
  18. ^ @XFLVipers (December 22, 2019). "Roster transactions" (Tweet). Retrieved December 24, 2019 – via Twitter.
  19. ^ Condotta, Bob (April 10, 2020). "XFL suspends operations, terminates all employees, but Jim Zorn says he has hopes league will continue". SeattleTimes.com. Retrieved July 17, 2020.
  20. ^ "ARGOS ADD SIX AMERICANS". Argonauts.ca. February 15, 2021. Retrieved February 15, 2021.

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