McDonald, Brown latest Tigers involved in championship game
Career Summary: One of six true freshmen to see action in `05...Played in all 12 games, primarily with special teams unit...Logged one tackle in six contests, including wins over UTC, UTEP, Marshall and Akron...Saw action in all 12 games, making 10 starts on defensive front in `06...Recorded back-to-back games of five tackles versus UTC and ECU...Registered season-high six tackles in Tulsa and UTEP contests...Recovered first fumble against Houston...Blocked a FG against UTEP...One of just two Tigers to block a kick in `06...Started all 13 games in `07...Led team in TFL with 9.5 for minus 31 yds...Registered team-high four sacks for minus 22 yds...Ranked 5th on team in tackles (55)... Logged second career fumble recovery, and had five tackles against Jacksonville St.... Forced first career fumble against MTSU...Credited with a career-high 10 tackles against ECU...On the 10 stops he made, only one resulted first down for ECU...Led squad in tackles in New Orleans Bowl with eight...For the season, totaled four games of five or more tackles and logged a sack in three of final four games.
2008 Highlights: Played in 11 of 13 games with 10 starts at defensive tackle...Did not play against ECU and SMU because of ankle injury...Ranked 37th nationally in sacks/game...Four sacks against ASU ranked tied for the highest total in the NCAA FBS in `08...Third in C-USA in sacks and tied for 20th in TFL...Led team in sacks and was 2nd in TFL and 7th in tackles...Played in 44-straight games before sitting out ECU game...Was on the preseason Lombardi Award Watch List...Tied school record with four sacks for minus 32 yds against ASU...Became first UM player to have four sacks in a game since 1994...Tied for team lead in tackles with nine...Logged five tackles with two sacks for a loss of 18 yds versus UAB...Suffered an ankle injury early in Louisville game...Against UCF, started for first time since injury and posted three tackles...Honors: Selected to `08 All-C-USA First Team...Named C-USA Defensive Player of the Week following `08 ASU game...Named `07 Co-Defensive Player of the Year at team banquet...Was an honorable mention All-C-USA pick in `07...Received one of the Glenn Jones Awards at the `08 Blue-Gray Game...Notable: Started for the East Team in the `09 East-West Shrine Game...Voted as one of the permanent season captains for both the `07 and `08 seasons...Was first junior under Tommy West to be selected as a captain...Expected to graduate in Dec. `09 with a degree in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in business and communications...Drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals.
2007: Selected as a permanent captain by his teammates prior to the New Orleans Bowl...Is the only Tiger under Tommy West to be selected as a captain as a junior...Named the 2007 Memphis Defensive Co-Player of the Year at the team's postseason banquet...Was an honorable mention All-Conference USA pick in 2007...Started all 13 games on the defensive front...Has played in 37 straight games and started 23 of the last 25 games...Led the team in TFL with 9.5 for minus 31 yards...Registered a team-high four sacks for minus 22 yards...Ranked fifth on the team in tackles with 55...Opened the season with five tackles, including one for lost yardage, against Ole Miss...Sacked Seth Adams for a loss of four yards in the second quarter...Was able to stop first-down yardage on all but one of his defensive stops against the Rebels...Logged his second career fumble recovery and had five tackles against Jacksonville State...Landed on a fumble forced by Steven Turner in the fourth quarter at the Memphis 27-yard line...Tallied four tackles in the next three games versus UCF, Arkansas State and Marshall...Forced his first career fumble against Middle Tennessee and had two tackles with a TFL for a loss of two yards...Forced MTSU's Dwight Dasher to cough up the ball at the Memphis 41-yard line in the fourth quarter...The ball was recovered by Jake Kasser...Credited with a career-high 10 tackles against East Carolina and assisted on a TFL...On the 10 defensive stops he made, only one resulted in a first down for ECU... Tallied four tackles against Southern Miss with two resulting in lost yardage, including a sack for minus four yards...Halted a potential USM touchdown early in the fourth quarter when he dropped Jeremy Young for a loss of four yards to bring up 4th-and-12 from the Memphis 17...Golden Eagles had to settle for a 34-yard field goal as a result of the stop...Totaled two tackles with one for a loss of two yards and forced a fumble against UAB...Served as one of the team captains against SMU...Credited with two tackles with a sack for a loss of six yards against the Mustangs...Sacked Justin Willis in the third quarter to force SMU to punt the ball on 4th-and-12...Led the Tigers in tackles in the New Orleans Bowl with eight stops...Credited with two TFL, including a sack for eight yards...Had a key pass breakup that resulted in a FAU punt on the next play...Dropped Rusty Smith for an eight-yard loss on the final play of the first half...For the season, totaled four games of five or more tackles and logged a sack in three of the final four games. 2006: One of several young linemen who made vast improvements throughout the season...Saw action in all 12 games as a sophomore and made 10 starts on the defensive front in 2006...Opened the season as a starter with four tackles, three of which were solo stops, against Ole Miss...Recorded back-to-back games of five tackles versus Chattanooga and East Carolina...Tallied two stops against Tennessee and one versus UAB...Registered a season-high six tackles in the Tulsa contest...Totaled four tackles against Southern Miss and five versus Houston...Recovered his first fumble and was also credited with a pass breakup against the Cougars...Scooped up the fumble forced by Corey Mills on UH's first possession of the third quarter...Had another consistent showing in victory over UTEP on the road...Equaled his season high with six tackles, which included one and a half tackles for a loss of eight yards...Blocked a Reagan Schneider 26-yard field goal attempt that would have closed UTEP's deficit to one point heading into the lockerroom at the half...Was assisted by Rubio Phillips in dropping UTEP signal caller Jordan Palmer for a loss of seven yards on 3rd-and-14 that forced the Miners to punt...Was credited with a loss of four yards for the half sack...Ended the year ranked ninth on the team in tackles with 41 and was one of just two Tigers to block a kick in 2006. 2005: One of just six true freshmen to see action in 2005...Played in all 12 games for the Tigers, primarily with the special teams unit...Saw his first collegiate action against Ole Miss in the season opener ... Logged one tackle in six contests, including wins over Chattanooga, UTEP, Marshall and Akron...Had solo stops versus Chattanooga, Tulsa and Marshall...Credited with six tackles during his freshman season...Prep: Played for Coach Johnny Watson at Jacksonville High...Lettered three years in football...Named to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette 5-A top prospect list...Helped squad to a 7-4 record and an appearance in the state playoffs...Was a two-time all-conference honoree...Chosen as 5-A Outstanding Lineman...Also selected to the 5-A All-State team...Holds the school record in the fire clean at 325 pounds...Talented athlete who also lettered in basketball and threw the shot put in track...Personal: Clinton Myles McDonald is the son of Larry and Bonnie McDonald...Born January 6, 1987, in Jacksonville, Ark. Academic Highlights: Named to Tiger 3.0 Club for fall 2005 semester...Listed on the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll in 2005-06. Prep: Played for Coach Johnny Watson at Jacksonville High...Lettered three years in football...Named to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette 5-A top prospect list...Helped squad to a 7-4 record and an appearance in the state playoffs...Was a two-time all-conference honoree...Chosen as 5-A Outstanding Lineman...Also selected to the 5-A All-State team...Holds the school record in the fire clean at 325 pounds...Talented athlete who also lettered in basketball and threw the shot put in track. Personal: Clinton Myles McDonald is the son of Larry and Bonnie McDonald...Born January 6, 1987, in Jacksonville, Ark.