The USC senior tight end has found his place at USC.
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CAREER: In his 4-year college career at Oklahoma and USC, he has 13 receptions for 87 yards (6.7 avg) with 4 TDs and a 10-yard kickoff return while starting 15 games.
2016: The steady McNamara returns as the starting tight end as a senior in 2016.
2015: McNamara, who transferred to USC in the fall of 2015 after receiving his bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma (he was eligible to play at USC in 2015), started all season at tight end as a junior. He was awarded a scholarship by virtue of an NCAA rule known as “blueshirting” (it allows a non-recruited student-athlete to receive athletic financial aid after beginning practice and have that student-athlete count towards the next year’s signing class if the school has reached its NCAA-maximum aid limit for the current year). Overall in 2015 while starting all 14 games, he had 12 catches for 83 yards (6.9 avg) with 4 TDs.
He caught a 2-yard TD pass against Arkansas State, a 16-yard pass against Idaho and a 2-yard pass against Stanford. He had a 4-yard TD reception at Notre Dame. He caught a 7-yard pass at California and had a 6-yard catch against Arizona. He had a 2-yard TD reception at Colorado and a 9-yard catch at Oregon. He had a 10-yard kickoff return against Stanford in the Pac-12 Championship Game. He caught 2 passes for 21 yards against Wisconsin.
OKLAHOMA: He spent 3 seasons (2012-14) as a tight end at Oklahoma.
As a redshirt freshman in 2013, he appeared in 3 games and caught a 4-yard pass (versus Alabama in the 2014 Sugar Bowl).
He saw action in 6 games as a sophomore in 2014, but did not catch a pass.
He played in 2 early-season games as a 2012 first-year freshman (starting once) before injuring his shoulder and receiving a medical redshirt.
HIGH SCHOOL: He had 33 receptions for 526 yards (15.9 avg) and 7 TDs as a 2011 senior tight end at Westview High in San Diego. He also had 27 carries for 113 yards (4.2 avg) with a TD in 2011. He made the 2011 SI.com All-American honorable mention, Prep Star Dream Team, Super Prep All-Farwest, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, MaxPreps California Division II All-State second team and All-CIF San Diego Section.
PERSONAL: He received his bachelor’s degree in economics and communications from Oklahoma in the spring of 2015 and now has begun work towards a master’s degree in communication management at USC.
GAME-BY-GAME WITH TAYLOR McNAMARA