McDonald off to hot start, eyes school record
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.