George McDonald enters his second season as the Hurricanes' wide receivers coach. McDonald tutored junior Tommy Streeter to a break-out season in his first year in Coral Gables. Streeter finished the 2011 campaign with 46 receptions and 811 yards. His yardage total was good for fifth-best in the ACC. The 6-5 speedster's 17.6 average yards per catch led conference receivers with at least 40 receptions.
The cerebral 36-year old helped guide senior Travis Benjamin's climb up the UM all-time records book in receiving yards and receptions. Benjamin is the sixth all-time leader with 2,146 career receiving yards and sixth all-time receptions leader with 131 career catches.
McDonald has groomed 10 wide receivers who are have developed into NFL players, including Greg Jennings of the Green Bay Packers. In addition, he tutored Braylon Edwards, Josh Cribbs, Brian Robiskie and Mohamed Massaquoi of the Cleveland Browns during his time in the NFL.
McDonald spent the 2009 and 2010 seasons as the Cleveland Browns' wide receivers coach. He first joined the Cleveland staff as offensive quality control coach on February 11, 2009 and was quickly promoted to wide receivers coach on May 6, 2009. He previously spent nine seasons as an assistant on the collegiate level, including two seasons as the wide receivers coach at the University of Minnesota.
In 2008, McDonald played an integral role in helping junior wide receiver Eric Decker to his most productive season as a Gopher, as he set a school record with 84 receptions, eclipsed the 1,000-yard receiving mark (1,074) and earned a first-team All-Big Ten honors.
Before arriving at Minnesota, McDonald spent the 2005-06 seasons at Western Michigan, where he worked with current Green Bay Packer Jennings. In McDonald's first season with the Broncos, Jennings was named 2005 MAC Offensive Player of the Year, MAC co-MVP (Vern Smith Award) and was a Biletnikoff Award semifinalist after setting program records for career receptions, receiving touchdowns and all-purpose yards.
Prior to his stint at Western Michigan, McDonald served as tight ends coach at Stanford (2004) where he tutored tight end Alex Smith, who was a finalist for the Mackey Award as the nation's top tight end that year and went on to be drafted by Tampa Bay in the third round of the 2005 Draft. McDonald was the wide receivers coach at Northern Illinois from 2001-2003 where during that time, the Huskies rose to No. 12 in the BCS rankings. In his first season at NIU, one of his receivers, Darrell Hill, was named Second-Team All-MAC and was selected in the seventh round of the NFL Draft by the Tennessee Titans.
McDonald has also gained valuable NFL experience from minority internships during training camps with the New York Jets (2004, 2006), Chicago (2005) and Tampa Bay (2007).
The Buena Park, Calif. native began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Ball State University in 2000 after lettering four seasons as a receiver at Illinois (1995-98), where he finished with 59 career receptions and 589 yards.
As a kickoff returner, McDonald produced 1,276 yards on 57 returns in four games. A two-sport athlete, McDonald also ran track as a freshman and senior, earning All-Big Ten honors during his senior campaign with a school-record 6.74 mark in the 60 meters to claim the conference title.
MCDONALD AT A GLANCE
|Full Name||George McDonald|
|Hometown||Buena Park, Calif.|
|Education||Health Planning and Administration, University of Illinois (1999)|
McDonald's Coaching Career
|2012||Passing Game Coordinator/Wide Receivers, University of Miami|
|2011-12||Wide Receivers, University of Miami|
|2009-10||Wide Receivers, Cleveland Browns|
|2007-08||Wide Receivers, University of Minnesota|
|2005-06||Offensive Coordinator/Wide Receivers, Western Michigan University|
|2004||Tight Ends/Wide Receivers, Stanford University|
|2001-03||Wide Receivers, Northern Illinois University|
|2001||(Spring) Wide Receivers, Bucknell University|
Graduate Assistant, Ball State
Bowl Games as a Coach
Honors as a Player
Four-year letterwinner as a receiver at Illinois (1995-98)
|Earned All-Big Ten honors in track & field and set a school-record time of 6.74 in the 60-meter dash|
|Tutored Stanford tight end Alex Smith,who was a finalist for the Mackey Award as the nation's top tight end|
|Current Green Bay Packers receiver Greg Jennings was named 2005 MAC Offensive Player of the Year, MAC co-MVP (Vern Smith Award) and was a Biletnikoff Award semifinalist under McDonald's tutelage|
Prominent Players Coached
|Greg Jennings||Green Bay Packers|
|Eric Decker||Denver Broncos|
|Alex Smith (tight end)||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|PJ Fleck||San Francisco 49ers|
|Danny Sheridan||Indianapolis Colts|
|Mike Turner||San Diego Chargers|
|Darrell Hill||Tennessee Titans|
|Tony Scheffler||Denver Broncos|
|Ernie Wheelwright||Baltimore Ravens|
|Braylon Edwards||Cleveland Browns|