LOS ANGELES --- T.J. McDonald is a USC Trojan through and through.
When he was "younger than I can remember" one of his most prized possessions was a USC sweatsuit. It was the first sweatsuit he ever owned and he loved it.
The fact that the letters U, S, and C were on it couldn't make him happier, and he always loved USC. As he puts it, he's living a dream. After all, it was the school where his dad, Tim, became an two-time All-American before going on to have an All-Pro career.
T.J. understood the USC-UCLA rivalry at a young age. He watched it growing up and now takes great pride in being able to be a part of it.
"It's a huge rivalry," T.J. said. "You want to go out and be able to beat UCLA and show them who owns L.A."
There's plenty of bragging rights that come along with that, throughout the city as well as in the McDonald household. Younger brother, Tevin, took up the craft of dad and older brother but is a starting free safety at UCLA as a redshirt sophomore.
While T.J. ...