LOS ANGELES --- Hes one half of USCs 7s Up duo, along with quarterback Matt Barkley. T.J. McDonald had a decision to make. Like his much heralded teammate and roommate last December, McDonald chose to return to school instead of entering the NFL Draft.
As the leader of the Trojans defense, the USC two-time captain is living a dream.
For the son of six-time All Pro and former Trojan, Tim McDonald, USC is neatly inserted into his earliest memories. By all accounts, he grew up a Trojan, twice.
There was T.J. attending countless USC games with his family as a child. And then there was T.J., who just wrapped up his freshman season, when USC was hit with severe sanctions by the NCAA, including a two-year bowl ban.
He watched as plenty of his teammates bolted. He stuck around.
Now, in their first season post the bowl ban, the Trojans are the APs No.1 team in the nation and as McDonald puts it, theres no roof over their heads.
The Trojans will enter their season opener against Hawaii ...