CAREER: His first 2 career passes were for touchdowns.
2007: McDonald served as a reserve quarterback as a senior in 2007 and continued for a second season in his role as the holder on all placekicks. Overall in 2007 while appearing in all 13 games at the holder, including in 3 games (Idaho, Notre Dame and Illinois) at quarterback, he completed 1-of-2 passes (50.0%) for no yards and an interception (all against Idaho). He played the final 2 series at Notre Dame and against Illinois, but did not throw a pass. He also had 1 rush for minus 11 yards and made a tackle (both against Idaho).
2006: McDonald was a reserve quarterback and the holder on all placekicks as a junior in 2006. He appeared in all 13 games of 2006 as the holder and even threw a 20-yard touchdown pass off a fake field goal attempt against Washington, but he didn't see any action as a quarterback.
2005: McDonald, a one-time walk-on, earned a scholarship in the fall of 2005 and was USC's No. 3 quarterback as a sophomore in 2005. Overall in 2005 while appearing briefly in 4 games (Arkansas, Washington State, Stanford and UCLA), he was 1-of-1 (1.000%) for 4 yards and 1 TD. He saw his first career action late in the Arkansas game and threw a 4-yard TD on his first career pass (his only toss of the contest). He played the last 3 snaps versus Washington State and took the final snap of the Stanford and UCLA games (kneel downs). He had actually quit the team following the 2004 season, but was talked into returning for 2005 spring practice by the coaches; he then quit the team again after 2005 spring drills, only to return again for the 2005 season when asked by the coaching staff.
2004: McDonald did not see any action as a walk-on redshirt freshman reserve quarterback in 2004.
2003: McDonald redshirted as a first-year freshman walk-on quarterback in 2003, his first year at USC.
HIGH SCHOOL: He prepped at Newport Harbor High in Newport Beach (Calif.), where he starred in football and volleyball.
PERSONAL: He's a public policy, management and planning major at USC. His father, Paul, was a 3-year (1977-79) letterman quarterback at USC who helped the Trojans to the 1978 national championship and earned All-American and Academic All-American honors in 1979 (he then played in the NFL with the Browns and Cowboys from 1980 to 1987 and now serves as the radio analyst on USC football broadcasts).
MICHAEL McDONALD ON: His role: "This is football, a game, and it's meant to be fun. I'm having fun. I understand what's going on. I know I'm mostly an insurance policy around here...And if I get in a game, it's more or less a case of just making sure I don't do anything to hurt the team."
Why he came to USC: "The only college I dreamed of going to was USC. Because of my dad, I grew up on USC. Besides, I knew I wouldn't be playing football for a living."
GAME-BY-GAME WITH MICHAEL McDONALD