Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Former Stratford High School football standout Tyler McDonald is off to an impressive start for the South Carolina State Bulldogs this season.
McDonald, a senior, was named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference’s Offensive Player of the Week two weeks ago and had a couple of shining moments against No. 4 Clemson on Saturday.
McDonald (6-1, 190) scored both of the Bulldogs’ touchdowns during the 52-13 loss in Death Valley. He had touchdown grabs of 63 and 51 yards for South Carolina State and finished with four catches for 138 yards.
“It was exciting to have a good game personally but I would rather have come away with a win or that we had played a more competitive game,” McDonald said. “I don't really focus on the record, we are just trying to work hard and get better and make a run for the MEAC (Mid-Eastern Athletic) Championship.”
During a 27-20 loss to Coastal Carolina a week earlier, he hauled in four passes for 108 yards, including a 74-yard touchdown hookup with quarterback Richard Cue.
McDonald has excelled during his entire career in Orangeburg. He needs 20 more catches to become the school’s all-time leader in career receptions. The current mark is 135 by Oliver Young, who played at S.C. State from 2006-09.
Last season, McDonald made 34 receptions for 511 yards and four scores, including one against Big 10 school Indiana.
South Carolina State hosts Alabama A&M on Saturday night.