ASU Football Player Shaun McDonald to Forego Senior Season
Jan. 2, 2003
TEMPE, Ariz. - Shaun McDonald, Arizona State's record-setting wide receiver, will forgo his senior season (2003) and has declared himself eligible for the National Football League (NFL) draft, the Sun Devil program announced Thursday. A finalist for the 2002 Biletnikoff Award, the 5-foot-8 McDonald leaves Tempe as one of the top pass catchers in the history of the program.
In 2002, McDonald lit up the statistics, pulling down a school-record 87 passes for a record of 1,405 yards. His 13 touchdown catches ranks second on the single season books at ASU, one shy of Doug Allen's 14 in 1984. McDonald closed out his career with a 114 yards on 14 receptions in the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl against No. 6 Kansas State. The 14 grabs tied him for fourth on the Pac-10 single game reception list.
For his career, McDonald compiled 2,867 yards, just 126 shy of the record 2,993 Collegiate Hall of Fame inductee John Jefferson compiled from 1974-77. His 24 career touchdown grabs also rank third at ASU, one behind the 25 posted by Keith Poole (1993-96) and Doug Allen (1981-84).
Compared to the great receivers of the Pac-10, McDonald stands sixth all-time in receiving yards and tied for ninth in career touchdown receptions. His 156 career catches, tied for the third-most in ASU history, places him 22nd in the Pac-10 record books as well.
This year, McDonald added to his Biletnikoff Award finalist status by being named a third-team All-American by The Sporting News as well as first team All-Pac-10 by the publication. The Pac-10 Conference also tabbed McDonald as a first-team receiver for the second year in a row.