Personal: Son of Mike and Cathy McDonald... Father Mike played at USC and was a long snapper for the Los Angeles Rams in the NFL... Cousin Bruce Luizzi also played at USC... High school teammate of fellow Jayhawk Dayne Crist... Graduated from Notre Dame in May of 2012 with a degree in sociology.
High School: Selected to play in U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio... Placed on all-Southern California team by Southern California Football Coaches Association and Orange County Register... Named to first-team all-Southern California team by GoldenStatePreps.com ... Named a third-team all-state selection by CalHiSports.com as a senior... Recorded 79 tackles and one sack in 11 games during senior season... Named to the 2007 L.A. Times preseason All-Southland team... One of just two juniors selected to the all-CIF Pac-5 Division team... Selected to the second team all- state underclass squad following junior season in which he recorded 101 tackles, 30 tackles for loss,10 sacks and forced five fumbles ... Rivals.com rated him No. 31 in the state of California and the 11th-best inside linebacker... three-year starter for the Knights... As a sophomore starting in the Southern Section Division III championship game, recorded 22 tackles in a loss to Dominguez H.S... Played for coach Kevin Rooney at Notre Dame HS.
2008 (RS): Did not see any game action and was redshirted.
2009 (Fr. at Notre Dame): Appeared in all 12 games during 2009 season, making his first career appearance against Nevada in Notre Dame's season opener... Recorded 10 total tackles... Notched multi-tackle games against Nevada and Connecticut... Also recorded one tackle each against Michigan State, USC, Washington State, Navy and Stanford.
2010 (So. at Notre Dame): Played in 11 games for the Irish ... Totaled 11 tackles... Recorded six solo and three assisted stops... Registered three tackles against Michigan State, Stanford and Miami (Fla.).
2011 (Jr. at Notre Dame): Saw action in four games, collecting three total tackles.