It was as a junior at Fresno (Calif.) Edison High School that T.J. McDonald made the decision to follow in the footsteps of his father, former All-Pro safety Tim McDonald, attending USC. Sunday at the NFL Scouting Combine, McDonald said he never looked back. In fact, it is with a career under defensive mind Monte Kiffin - and those great bloodlines - that he believes he is this draft...
Senior T.J. McDonald skipped out on the NFL Draft last year to return to USC for his final season of eligibility. McDonald is participating on the North team at the Senior Bowl and looks to prove he's prepared to take the next step.
It is being reported that 10 to 15 members of the USC Trojans football team were involved in an altercation following the team's loss in the Sun Bowl.
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...
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...
2012-2013 Preseason NFL Draft Prospect Evaluations (Safeties)
#7 TJ McDonald S, USC
HT 6-3 WT 205
YR SR Pos S
Will be a 3rd Year Starter (23 Career Starts)
2011 Sporting News 1st Team All-American
2011 1st Team All Pac-12
163 Career Tackles
Makes plays on the ball in open space in the passing...
The star-studded USC offense, led by senior quarterback Matt Barkley, will be the focus of considerable media attention this football season, but the much-maligned defense earned some headlines of its own last week, as cornerback Nickell Robey and safety T.J. McDonald were recognized on preseason watch lists for the Nagurski, Thorpe, and Bednarik awards.
Senior safety T.J. McDonald...
Overall: #19 2013: #6 Ht: 6020 Wt: 205 40Yd: 4.55 Rd: 1st
Pros: Playing in his father’s shadow, McDonald has carved out his own name recognition as a three-year starter, team captain and All American safety for the Trojans. A solid cover safety, he also has a sense for anticipating the run and stepping up in the box. Excellent in man-to-man coverage, McDonald can serve as a weapon...
LOS ANGELES - When T.J. McDonald picked off a Matt Barkley pass at USC's practice on Thursday, it was reminder of what the Trojans could have been missing heading into 2012.
It was a pass from one 7 to another. From one senior leader to another. From one Trojan who decided to forgo NFL riches for "Unfinished Business," yes, to another.
Before Barkley stood up at...
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USC safety T.J. McDonald announced Wednesday that he would forgo the opportunity to make himself available for the NFL draft and return to USC for his senior season.
McDonald, named to several All-America teams, said he seriously pondered turning pro, but reconsidered once he returned home to Fresno after finals.
I was gone, he said in a phone interview. I was ready to chase my...