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College football: Maddie ‘excited’ to work with Fleck

Former AurorChristian quarterback Anthony Maddie ran scout team as redshirt freshman Western Michigan this fall. | Brian Powers~Sun-Times Media

Former Aurora Christian quarterback Anthony Maddie ran the scout team as a redshirt freshman at Western Michigan this fall. | Brian Powers~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: December 18, 2012 10:28PM

Former Aurora Christian standout Anthony Maddie is looking forward to working with new Western Michigan coach P.J. Fleck.

Is the 32-year-old Fleck ready?

“I guess time will tell,” said Maddie, a freshman QB who redshirted for Bill Cubit at Western this fall.

“I know he went to Kaneland and NIU. I looked up some info on him. I’m real excited. He’s the youngest guy in the FBS and he’s been on the offensive side. A lot of times, a person just needs an opportunity.”

Maddie is back home in Plainfield on winter break, but is looking forward to spring practice.

“I feel like everybody will get a clean slate and I would imagine it will be an open competition (for the starter’s job). That’s what I live for,” said Maddie, adding it was tough last fall.

“It’s tough not playing. I didn’t enjoy it a lot but had to make the best of it. Running the scout team is not the most glamorous thing, but I tried to do it.” reported Tuesday afternoon Fleck will earn slightly more than Cubit’s $375,000 salary. His total package for a five-year deal will pay $392,500 annually, $210,000 in base salary with another $182,500 for media and public appearances.

The pool of money for his staff will also be increased to $825,000 from last year’s $723,000.

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