Tevin McDonald Signs Free Agent Contract with Oakland, Which Already Has Former Eagle Taiwan Jones on its Roster

Tevin McDonald Signs Free Agent Contract with Oakland, Which Already Has Former Eagle Taiwan Jones on its Roster

Eagle All-America safety has joined Raiders today for this weekend's rookie camp

 

Former Eastern Washington University safety Tevin McDonald has signed a free agent contract with Oakland of the National Football League and will attend the team's rookie camp starting today (May 8), the National Football League team announced this morning. Former Eagle Taiwan Jones is currently a cornerback for the Raiders, and will be entering his fifth season in Oakland this fall.

McDonald, whose brother currently plays in the NFL where their father is a coach, went undrafted last weekend in the NFL Draft. Another former Eagle, Jake Rodgers, was selected in the seventh round (225th pick overall) by the Atlanta Falcons, and will attend that club's rookie camp this week. He will wear his college number – No. 65 – the Falcons have announced.

The 5-foot-11, 195-pound McDonald participated in the 2015 NFL Combine after playing in the East-West Shrine Game on Jan. 17, 2015, in St. Petersburg, Fla. He earned a pair of All-America honors for the Eagles this past season – third team from College Sports Madness and fourth team from Beyond Sports Network.

A first team All-Big Sky selection, McDonald started all 14 Eagle games and finished as the team's fourth-leading tackler with 78 stops. He also had three interceptions (one he returned 73 yards for a touchdown), a sack, four total tackles for loss, seven passes broken up, a trio of forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and a blocked punt. As a result, he was also selected as EWU's defensive player of the year.

Formerly from Fresno, Calif., and a transfer to Eastern from UCLA, McDonald participated at Fresno State University's Pro Day on March 25. Leading up to Pro Day, McDonald worked out with his brother, current St. Louis Rams safety T.J. McDonald, in Boca Raton, Fla.

Their father is former All-Pro defensive back Tim McDonald. He starred with Arizona and San Francisco during his NFL career, coached his sons at Edison, and has gone on to a college and NFL coaching career that has included stops at Fresno State and the New York Jets. He currently is on the staff of the Buffalo Bills.

 

• A total of 76 Eagles have now been drafted or signed free agent contracts with NFL or CFL teams since 1989. Seven Eagles have been selected to participate in the NFL Scouting Combine in the past 12 years (2003-2014), with nine selected to play in eight different college all-star games. Most recently, safety Tevin McDonald played in the 2015 East-West Shrine Game, and offensive tackle Jake Rodgers played in the National Football League Players Association Collegiate Bowl. In 2013, T.J. Lee III played in the NFLPA game, and Bo Levi Mitchell played in the same game in 2012. Wide receiver Brandon Kaufman was selected to participate in the prestigious NFL Scouting Combine on Feb. 20-26, 2013, in Indianapolis, Ind. In addition, fellow wide receiver Nicholas Edwards played in the 2013 Casino Del Sol College All-Star Game in Tucson, Ariz. Nathan Overbay and Matt Nichols were selected for the 2010 East-West Shrine Game, the same game Michael Roos played in back in 2005.

 
 

#7 Tevin McDonald - DB, 5-11, 195, Fresno, Calif.

Career: Including his injury-shortened junior season at EWU in 2013 and two years at UCLA, McDonald finished his collegiate career with 256 career tackles, eight interceptions and 23 passes broken up in 50 games (46 as a starter). He started 22 of the 23 games he played as an Eagle. Before transferring to EWU, McDonald had 135 tackles in 27 career games (24 as a starter) at UCLA, plus four interceptions and 14 passes broken up. He is the son of six-time NFL All-Pro safety Tim McDonald. Tevin's brother, Tim, Jr., (goes by T.J.), was a senior All-America safety at USC in 2012 and was drafted in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft by St. Louis.

2014: McDonald earned a pair of FCS All-America honors in the 2014 season and concluded his collegiate career by playing in the East-West Shrine Game on Jan. 17, 2015, in St. Petersburg, Fla. In February, he was invited to and participated in the NFL Combine. A first team All-Big Sky selection, he started all 14 Eagle games and finished as the team's fourth-leading tackler with 78 stops. He also had three interceptions (one he returned 73 yards for a touchdown), a sack, four total tackles for loss, seven passes broken up, a trio of forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and a blocked punt. As a result, he was also selected as EWU's defensive player of the year. Against Portland State (11/21/14), McDonald had six tackles and a 73-yard interception return for a touchdown, and also forced a fumble and recovered a fumble that both led to scores. He had his most productive game as an Eagle against Montana State (9/20/14), finishing with a career-high 11 tackles and two forced fumbles that EWU recovered in the second quarter versus the Bobcats. A blocked punt in the second quarter by McDonald against Southern Utah (10/11/14) helped give EWU its first lead of the day at 21-14, and the Eagles went on to win 42-30. He was one six Eagles selected to the preseason All-Big Sky Conference team as selected by a panel of the league's media representatives. Beyond Sports Network selected him to its preseason All-Big Sky Conference team.

                2014 Honors
                • Selected to play in the 2015 NFL Combine
                • Selected to play in the East-West Shrine Game (Jan. 17, 2015 in St. Petersburg, Fla.)
                • Third Team All-America (College Sports Madness)
                • Fourth Team All-America (Beyond Sports Network)
                • First Team All-Big Sky Conference (selected by league head coaches)
                • First Team All-Big Sky Conference (College Sports Madness)
                • EWU Defensive Player of the Year
                • EWU Team Co-Captain
                • CFB Perf. Awards HM DB Performer of the Week (6 tackles, 73-yd int ret for TD vs. PSU 11/21)
                • CFB Perf. Awards HM DB Performer of the Week (career-high 11 tackles, 2 FF vs. MSU 9/20)

2013: Earned third team All-Big Sky honors. Started eight of EWU's first nine games at free safety, but suffered a season-ending broken fibula against Idaho State (11/2/13). McDonald had a season-high nine tackles versus the Bengals before he was injured. He finished the year with 43 tackles, an interception and two passes broken up. His interception was against Southern Utah (10/19/13). Prior to the season, he earned preseason All-Big Sky accolades from Phil Steele (first team) and College Sports Madness (third team). Ranked seventh on the preseason FCS safety rankings as selected by Josh Buchanan at philsteele.com. In the two spring scrimmages he played in for the Eagles, he had nine tackles with a pass broken up and a fumble recovery.

UCLA: In 2012, he started all 13 games he played in and ranked third on the team in tackles with 79. He paced the squad with a season-high 10 tackles against Utah, and also had nine tackles against Colorado and Oregon State, and eight at Washington State.  He had six stops in the team's opener at Rice, and six tackles with a fumble recovery in a win over Nebraska. McDonald had an interception return for 50 yards versus Houston. He had five tackles and two pass breakups against USC, and had five tackles in the Pac-12 Conference Championship Game at Stanford. He sat out the team's Holiday Bowl appearance after violating team policies. McDonald appeared in 14 games in 2011, and started the last 11 games of the season. He had 56 tackles and tied for ninth in the Pac-12 in passes defensed (0.86 per game, including interceptions and passes broken up). He earned Freshman All-America honors by Yahoo!Sports (first team), cbssports.com (first team) and collegefootballnews.com (second team). He tied the school record with three interceptions against Cal and had a career-high 11 tackles against Arizona State. McDonald finished with five tackles in his first start at Oregon State. He also had nine stops against Oregon, seven against Washington State and six versus Utah. He had five tackles against both Stanford and Arizona, and recorded four tackles (two for loss) and a pair of passes broken up against Illinois. McDonald redshirted in 2010 at UCLA.

HS: Graduated from Edison HS in Fresno, Calif., in 2010. He played three seasons for his father, Tim McDonald. As a senior, he was rated the No. 17 safety by ESPN.com. He was also the No. 247 national prospect and No. 20 cornerback nationally according to scout.com, and the No. 47 player in the California/Nevada/Hawaii region by SuperPrep. In addition, he was rated the No. 72 cornerback by rivals.com and was Scout.com's No. 33 player in California. McDonald earned four stars from scout.com and three stars from rivals.com, and was a Prep-Star All-Region selection. He was the No. 60 player in the West by scout.com and was a member of the Tacoma News-Tribune Western 100. He earned third team All-State honors from GoldenStatePreps.com and was a second team all-purpose back on the All-SoCal squad. As a senior, he had 68 tackles, three sacks and seven interceptions. On offense he had 36 receptions for 524 yards and seven touchdowns.

Personal: Race and culture studies major. Born July 17, 1992. His full name is Tevin William McDonald. His parents are Tim and Alycia McDonald. He has one brother, Tim, Jr., (goes by T.J.) who was a senior All-America safety at USC in 2012 and was drafted in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft by St. Louis. Tevin also has one sister, Taryn. His father played football for USC (two-time All-American, 1985-86) and was a second-round selection of the Cardinals in the 1987 NFL draft. Tim played 13 years in the NFL, including 1993-99 for the San Francisco 49ers, which won Super Bowl XXIX. Tim played in the NFL for the Cardinals (1987-92) and 49'ers (1993-99). Prior to joining the New York Jets coaching staff, Tim spent one season on the coaching staff at Fresno State, and before that was head coach at his alma mater, Edison High School in Fresno. Tevin and T.J. both played for their father at Edison, which won the California Interscholastic Federation Central Section championship in 2009. Tevin lists NFL standouts Ed Reed and Sean Taylor as his favorite NFL athletes.

 

Year

GP

TT

Hi

S

TL-Yds

FF-FR

PBU

I-Yds

2013

9

43

9

0

3-12

1-0

2

1-0

2014

14

78

11

1

4-21

3-2

7

3-109

Totals

23

121

11

1

7-33

4-2

9

4-109

 

 

 
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