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T.J. McDonald
SS #25
Height:
6-2
Weight:
217
Age:
24
College:
USC
Hometown:
Fresno, CA
Experience:
3

Quick Stats (2014):

TCKL
105
SCK
2.0
FF
0
INT
1
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
TOTAL 158 129 29 3.0 0 10 2 18 -- 20 0 0 1
2014 STL 16 16 105 84 21 2.0 -- 6 1 20 20 20 0 0 1
2013 STL 10 10 53 45 8 1.0 -- 4 1 -2 -2 -2 0 0 --
Recent Games
WKOppResultTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
TotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
1 MIN L 6-34 5 4 1 -- -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2 @TB W 19-17 5 5 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
3 DAL L 31-34 4 3 1 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
5 @PHI L 28-34 11 10 1 -- -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
6 SF L 17-31 10 7 3 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
7 SEA W 28-26 3 2 1 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
8 @KC L 7-34 7 6 1 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
9 @SF W 13-10 4 4 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
10 @ARI L 14-31 9 9 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
11 DEN W 22-7 5 4 1 -- -- 2 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
12 @SD L 24-27 7 6 1 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
13 OAK W 52-0 5 5 0 -- -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
14 @WAS W 24-0 4 0 4 -- -- 1 1 20 20 20 0 0 --
15 ARI L 6-12 8 7 1 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
16 NYG L 27-37 11 9 2 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
17 @SEA L 6-20 7 3 4 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 1

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Biography

TRANSACTIONS: Selected by the Rams in the third round (71st overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft (4/26/13).


PRO: Third-year pro has started all 26 games that he’s played in...tallied a blocked punt and a blocked field goal at Tampa Bay (9/14/14), marked the first time the Rams have blocked two kicks in a game since Dec. 2, 1979.

2014 SEASON: Started all 16 games...led the Rams’ secondary in tackles with 136...registered his first 100-plus tackle season... at Tampa Bay (9/14): Blocked a punt from P Michael Koenen for the Rams to take over at the Tampa Bay 25-yard line...the last time the Rams blocked a punt was former TE Matthew Mulligan (S.Rocca) vs. Washington (9/16/12)...blocked a K Patrick Murray 24-yard field goal attempt...the last time the Rams blocked a field goal was in 2013 when DT Michael Brockers blocked a Saints K Garrett Hartley field goal attempt (12/15/13)...LB Ray Ray Armstrong recovered the kick and returned it 20 yards, the play kept points off the board for Tampa and helped set up one of two field goals in the fourth quarter for the Rams...the last time the Rams blocked a punt and a field goal in the same game was December 2, 1979... also split the team lead in tackles with LB James Laurinaitis, each with nine...one of which for McDonald was the final tackle of the game on WR Mike Evans to end the game...at Philadelphia (10/5): Registered a career-high 17 tackles (14 solo)...vs. San Francisco (10/13): Tallied 12 tackles (seven solo)... recorded one quarterback pressure...at Arizona (11/9): Recorded his first sack of the season on QB Carson Palmer for a loss of eight yards, marked his second career sack...split the team lead in tackles with LB Alec Ogletree, each with 12 (nine solo)... added a tackle on special teams...at Washington (12/7): Intercepted QB Colt McCoy at the St. Louis 2-yard line and returned it 20 yards...marked his first interception of the season and second career...also had six tackles (five solo) and one pass defensed... vs. Arizona (12/11): Notched 10 tackles (nine solo) and one pass defensed...vs. New York Giants (12/21): Sacked QB Eli Manning...marked his second sack of the season, third career...also tallied 10 tackles (nine solo)...at Seattle (12/28): Notched 10 tackles (five solo) and one fumble recovery.

2013 SEASON: Played in 10 games, started 10...spent six weeks on injured/reserve designated to return...recorded 56 tackles (43 solo), one sack, one interception and three passes defensed...vs. Arizona (9/8): Earned the start at strong safety in his first NFL game...played all 70 snaps on defense...recorded seven tackles...at Dallas (9/22): Recorded tackles (eight solo), one tackle for loss, and one pass defensed... vs. San Francisco (9/26): Recorded two solo tackles...left game with a leg injury...placed on reserve-injured designated to return list (9/27/13)...vs. Chicago (11/24): Activated from the reserve-injured designated to return list (11/23/13)...recorded three solo tackles...at San Francisco (12/1): Recorded eight tackles (three solo)...also added one pass defensed...at Arizona (12/8): Recorded a season-high nine tackles (six solo)...vs. New Orleans (12/15): Recorded his first career interception when he picked off Saints QB Drew Brees...added five tackles (four solo)...vs. Tampa Bay (12/22): Recorded four tackles (three solo)...dropped Buccaneers QB Mike Glennon for a nine-yard loss and his first career sack.

COLLEGE: First-team All-American McDonald started 36-of-50 games at free safety during his Southern California career, recording 275 tackles (151 solo), two sacks for minus 18 yards and twelve stops for losses of 37 yards...selected as the Trojans Defensive Perimeter Player of the Year in each of his final two seasons...two-time team captain...semifinalist for the Thorpe Award and quarter-finalist for the Lott Trophy...earned All-American second-team honors from The NFL Draft Report and was a Sports Illustrated honorable mention...named All-Pac-12 Conference second-team by the league’s coaches and first-team by Phil Steele and College Football News...became USC’s 11th two-time Trojan captain and joined his father, Tim McDonald (USC’s captain in 1986), as the only father-son captains in Trojan history...voted USC’s Most Inspirational Player and was named the Defensive Perimeter Player of the Year...Senior Bowl invitee ranked fifth in the nation with a career-high 112 tackles (54 solos) that included a 10-yard sack and 6.5 stops for minus 19 yards...blocked a kick for the third consecutive year and deflected three passes while also recording one interception...his 112 tackles in 2012 were the most by a Trojan since Troy Polamalu’s 118 in 2001.

PERSONAL: Earned multiple accolades as a high school senior, including Super Prep All-American and All-County/Metro Athletic Conference Defensive MVP at Edison High in Fresno, Calif...father Tim McDonald was his high school head coach...his father played 13 NFL seasons with Cardinals and 49ers...brother, Tevin, is a junior cornerback at Eastern Washington...initials stand for Tim Jr...along with 15 USC teammates, spent five days in Haiti in the spring of 2012 building homes and assisting those in need...communications major...participated in numerous community events, including Make-A-Wish Celebrity Server dinner, Coach Fisher’s Celebrity Softball game, the 6th Annual Playground Build at Marygrove and the All-Community Team ticket pro- gram - T-Mac Attack.

TRANSACTIONS: Selected by the Rams in the third round (71st overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft (4/26/13).


PRO: Third-year pro has started all 26 games that he’s played in...tallied a blocked punt and a blocked field goal at Tampa Bay (9/14/14), marked the first time the Rams have blocked two kicks in a game since Dec. 2, 1979.

2014 SEASON: Started all 16 games...led the Rams’ secondary in tackles with 136...registered his first 100-plus tackle season... at Tampa Bay (9/14): Blocked a punt from P Michael Koenen for the Rams to take over at the Tampa Bay 25-yard line...the last time the Rams blocked a punt was former TE Matthew Mulligan (S.Rocca) vs. Washington (9/16/12)...blocked a K Patrick Murray 24-yard field goal attempt...the last time the Rams blocked a field goal was in 2013 when DT Michael Brockers blocked a Saints K Garrett Hartley field goal attempt (12/15/13)...LB Ray Ray Armstrong recovered the kick and returned it 20 yards, the play kept points off the board for Tampa and helped set up one of two field goals in the fourth quarter for the Rams...the last time the Rams blocked a punt and a field goal in the same game was December 2, 1979... also split the team lead in tackles with LB James Laurinaitis, each with nine...one of which for McDonald was the final tackle of the game on WR Mike Evans to end the game...at Philadelphia (10/5): Registered a career-high 17 tackles (14 solo)...vs. San Francisco (10/13): Tallied 12 tackles (seven solo)... recorded one quarterback pressure...at Arizona (11/9): Recorded his first sack of the season on QB Carson Palmer for a loss of eight yards, marked his second career sack...split the team lead in tackles with LB Alec Ogletree, each with 12 (nine solo)... added a tackle on special teams...at Washington (12/7): Intercepted QB Colt McCoy at the St. Louis 2-yard line and returned it 20 yards...marked his first interception of the season and second career...also had six tackles (five solo) and one pass defensed... vs. Arizona (12/11): Notched 10 tackles (nine solo) and one pass defensed...vs. New York Giants (12/21): Sacked QB Eli Manning...marked his second sack of the season, third career...also tallied 10 tackles (nine solo)...at Seattle (12/28): Notched 10 tackles (five solo) and one fumble recovery.

2013 SEASON: Played in 10 games, started 10...spent six weeks on injured/reserve designated to return...recorded 56 tackles (43 solo), one sack, one interception and three passes defensed...vs. Arizona (9/8): Earned the start at strong safety in his first NFL game...played all 70 snaps on defense...recorded seven tackles...at Dallas (9/22): Recorded tackles (eight solo), one tackle for loss, and one pass defensed... vs. San Francisco (9/26): Recorded two solo tackles...left game with a leg injury...placed on reserve-injured designated to return list (9/27/13)...vs. Chicago (11/24): Activated from the reserve-injured designated to return list (11/23/13)...recorded three solo tackles...at San Francisco (12/1): Recorded eight tackles (three solo)...also added one pass defensed...at Arizona (12/8): Recorded a season-high nine tackles (six solo)...vs. New Orleans (12/15): Recorded his first career interception when he picked off Saints QB Drew Brees...added five tackles (four solo)...vs. Tampa Bay (12/22): Recorded four tackles (three solo)...dropped Buccaneers QB Mike Glennon for a nine-yard loss and his first career sack.

COLLEGE: First-team All-American McDonald started 36-of-50 games at free safety during his Southern California career, recording 275 tackles (151 solo), two sacks for minus 18 yards and twelve stops for losses of 37 yards...selected as the Trojans Defensive Perimeter Player of the Year in each of his final two seasons...two-time team captain...semifinalist for the Thorpe Award and quarter-finalist for the Lott Trophy...earned All-American second-team honors from The NFL Draft Report and was a Sports Illustrated honorable mention...named All-Pac-12 Conference second-team by the league’s coaches and first-team by Phil Steele and College Football News...became USC’s 11th two-time Trojan captain and joined his father, Tim McDonald (USC’s captain in 1986), as the only father-son captains in Trojan history...voted USC’s Most Inspirational Player and was named the Defensive Perimeter Player of the Year...Senior Bowl invitee ranked fifth in the nation with a career-high 112 tackles (54 solos) that included a 10-yard sack and 6.5 stops for minus 19 yards...blocked a kick for the third consecutive year and deflected three passes while also recording one interception...his 112 tackles in 2012 were the most by a Trojan since Troy Polamalu’s 118 in 2001.

PERSONAL: Earned multiple accolades as a high school senior, including Super Prep All-American and All-County/Metro Athletic Conference Defensive MVP at Edison High in Fresno, Calif...father Tim McDonald was his high school head coach...his father played 13 NFL seasons with Cardinals and 49ers...brother, Tevin, is a junior cornerback at Eastern Washington...initials stand for Tim Jr...along with 15 USC teammates, spent five days in Haiti in the spring of 2012 building homes and assisting those in need...communications major...participated in numerous community events, including Make-A-Wish Celebrity Server dinner, Coach Fisher’s Celebrity Softball game, the 6th Annual Playground Build at Marygrove and the All-Community Team ticket pro- gram - T-Mac Attack.

 

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