|Date of birth:June 13, 1990|
|Place of birth: Winnie, Texas|
|High School: Winnie (TX) East Chambers|
|NFL Draft: 2013 / Round: / Pick:|
|No regular season or postseason appearances|
|*[] ( 2013–present)|
|Roster status: Unsigned draft pick|
|Career highlights and awards|
|* Consensus All C-USA selection (2012)|
McDonald attended East Chambers High School in Winnie, Texas. He was a three-year letterman, earning all-district 24-2A honors as both a tight end and defensive end as a senior. East Chambers won district titles in both his junior and senior year. He also competed in basketball and track.
McDonald walked-on to the Rice Owls football team in 2009. Earned C-USA All Freshman honors after catching 12 passes in his first season. As a sophomore, he posted a career high eight touchdowns, to go along with 396 yards receiving on 28 receptions. In his final two seasons, he recorded 999 receiving yards on 80 receptions and seven touchdowns. He was a consensus All C-USA tight end as a senior.