2016 – ACC All-Academic team. 2014 – Recognized on the ACC Academic Honor Roll.
2017 – Appeared in nine of UVA’s 13 games … injury has limited him to mostly special teams protection … has seen some time at center … recorded two knockdown blocks at North Carolina and another two against Boston College … helped block for Kurt Benkert, who became the first Cavalier in program history to throw for over 3,000 yards in a single season. 2016 – Started 11 of UVA’s 12 games … made all 11 starts at right guard … helped block for Taquan Mizzell, the first player in ACC history with 1,500 career rushing and 1,500 career receiving yards … helped block for an offense that saw Kurt Benkert break UVA’s passing record for a game and become the quickest UVA QB to throw for 2,000 yards in a season. 2015 – Appeared in all 12 of UVA’s games with two starts … made first collegiate start at No. 13 UCLA … saw time at left and right guard … appeared in 119 offensive plays and 82 special teams plays … helped block for one of the ACC’s most dynamic players, Taquan Mizzell, who broke the ACC record for receiving yards by a running back with 721 … part of an offensive line that saw the UVA rushing game break the 200-yard plateau three times (UNC, GT, VT). 2014 – Appeared in 11 of UVA’s 12 games … did not play at Georgia Tech … made collegiate debut on special teams against No. 7 UCLA in the season opener … saw time in 184 total plays … took part in 168 offensive plays with a season-high 54 at No. 21 BYU … was part of 32 offensive plays against Kent State … helped UVA accumulate 500 yards of total offense in back-to-back games (BYU and Kent State) for the first time since 2004 … ran on 27 offensive plays at No. 2 Florida State. 2013 – Did not appear in any games … redshirted season.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL
Played the offensive and defensive line at Boston College High School for head coach Joe Gaff … also played for two seasons for head coach Jon Bartlett … three-year starter on the offensive line … two-time Catholic Conference All-Star … 2012 Catholic Conference Offensive Lineman of the Year … 2012 Massachusetts Super 26 all-state team … three-time scholar athlete … 2011 Massachusetts Division I state champion … 2012 Patriot Ledger All-Scholastic … 2012 Boston Globe All-Scholastic … earned High Honors or Honors every term of high school … volunteers at My Brothers Keeper, an organization that delivers presents and furniture to families in need … son of John and Michelle McDonald … has an older sister, Kiley … has two younger brothers, Michael and Dylan … uncle Cliff McDonald played offensive tackle at New Hampshire and held the New England Heavyweight boxing title … cousin Cliff McDonald, Jr. played football at Dartmouth.