6-foot-2 / 240 pounds
Longwood (FL) / Lake Brantley
In first year on the field, McDonald appeared in the first three games of the season against Elon, Tulane, and Kansas, fielding mop up series in those three contests. He played a total of 28 snaps are recorded one stop. This was a year after undergoing knee surgery shortly after enrolling in 2013.
McDonald begins the 2015 season as the third string weak side linebacker for the Blue Devils, though also the bulkiest linebacker on the roster at 6-foot-2 and 240 pounds. The players charted in front of McDonald are all considered to be faster in a system that champions speed. A season ago the word out of camp was that the game was moving a bit fast for McDonald, which isn’t entirely unexpected for an underclassman. For him to move up this season, the game and his recognition of it will have to become more paralell.
We’d expect Norman and Holmes to hang on to the 1 and 2 spots at linebacker, leaving McDonald in a battle with either Joe Giles-Harris or Ben Humphreys for the third string spot. The strong preference for Duke would be to redshirt both freshmen, which could keep McDonald appear on the depth chart. But, as noted above, there’s a lot to work on in order to find more than mop up duties this year and the roster of linebackers at Duke continues to improve and deepen in terms of talent.
How he ended up in Durham
Zanca was one of the earliest commits for the Tennessee program in the class of 2013. However, when the coaching change occurred, Duke pounced and earned a visit and then commitment from McDonald.
McDonald then enrolled for the spring semester in 2013
High School Highlights
Four-year letterman at Lake Brantley under coach George Clayton ... helped Lake Brantley to three straight state playoff berths (2010-11-12) ...received first team all-state (8A) honors from the Associated Press after senior season ... as a senior, totaled 65 tackles, 14 tackles for loss and eight sacks ... recorded 50 tackles including 12 tackles for loss and three sacks as a junior and 60 tackles with 17 tackles for loss and eight sacks during sophomore campaign ... selected to play in the Florida North-South All-Star game on December 19, 2012 in Sebring, Fla. ... [info from this last section gathered from GoDuke.com]