McDonald carrying on USC torch

T.J. McDonald

It was as a junior at Fresno (Calif.) Edison High School that T.J. McDonald made the decision to follow in the footsteps of his father, former All-Pro safety Tim McDonald, attending USC. Sunday at the NFL Scouting Combine, McDonald said he never looked back. In fact, it is with a career under defensive mind Monte Kiffin - and those great bloodlines - that he believes he is this draft's top safety.

"Physical and relentless, a student of the game" is how T.J. McDonald describes himself as a player.

Like father, like son.

"Stay out of the way," he smiled when asked to describe his father's game. "He was a very instinctive player, very physical player… He was always on the ball. that's one thing I always noticed. Whether he was making the play or not, he was around that ball."

McDonald's father has been grooming him for this stage for quite some time.

"He wasn't preparing me to be a high school player or a college player, he was trying to teach me how to be a pro from a young age. The relationship I have with him has pushed me to the point I'm at now."

"Gets me excited to know not only do I have someone who's done it, but someone who's done it at the highest level.

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