Notre Dame will play host to the Trojans Saturday in the first night game at Notre Dame Stadium in 21 years (7:40 p.m. ET, NBC).
Notre Dame averaging better than 510 yards of total offense through the first two weeks of the season (3:40 p.m. ET kickoff on NBC).
Sporting retro uniforms, the two winningest programs in NCAA FBS history will square off in the first-ever night game at Michigan Stadium (8 p.m. ET, ABC).
Notre Dame is 102-15-5 (.857) all-time in season openers, having won 20 of its last 24 lidlifters (3:40 p.m. ET, live on NBC).
The 23 student-athletes come from 17 states.
Put together by the Notre Dame Football Video Department, a number of senior parents talk about their sons and their final game and season at Notre Dame.
2010 (JUNIOR): Played in 11 games for the Irish (did not play against Utah or USC) ... majority of playing time came on a variety of special teams units ... totaled 11 tackles ... recorded six solo and three assisted stops ... registered three tackles against Michigan State, Stanford and Miami (Fla.) ... collected solo tackles against Michigan, Stanford and Army ... registered one tackle against Army ... saw increased action in the Hyundai Sun Bowl victory over Miami (Fla.) following an injury to Manti Te'o ... totaled 70 snaps on defense.
2009 (SOPHOMORE): Appeared in all 12 games during 2009 season, making his first career appearance against Nevada in opener ... recorded 10 total tackles ... notched multi-tackle games against Nevada and Connecticut ... also recorded one tackle each against Michigan State, USC, Washington State, Navy and Stanford ... saw 4:29 of playing time and logged 180 appearances on special teams ... only Steve Filer (213 appearances), Scott Smith (209) and Bobby Burger (183) made more special-teams appearances.
2008 (FRESHMAN): Did not see any game action.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Selected to play in U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio ... placed on all-Southern California team by Southern California Football Coaches Association and Orange County Register ... named to first-team all-Southern California team by GoldenStatePreps.com ... named a third-team all-state selection by CalHiSports.com as a senior ... recorded 79 tackles and one sack in 11 games during senior season ... named to the 2007 L.A. Times preseason All-Southland team ... one of just two juniors selected to the all-CIF Pac-5 Division team after his junior season ... selected to the second team all- state underclass squad following junior season in which he recorded 101 tackles, 30 tackles for loss,10 sacks and forced five fumbles ... ranked by Scout.com the eighth-best middle linebacker in the country and the 16th- best prospect in California ... considered the 22nd-best player in California by SuperPrep and the third-best linebacker in the state ... Rivals.com rated him No. 31 in the state of California and the 11th-best inside linebacker ... three-year starter for the Knights ... as a sophomore starting in the South- ern Section Division III championship game, recorded 22 tackles in a loss to Dominguez H.S. ... father Mike played at USC and was a long snapper for the Los Angeles Rams in the NFL ... cousin Bruce Luizzi also played at USC ... high school teammate of classmate Dayne Crist ... numerous notable alumni from Notre Dame High School include actresses Rachel Bilson and Kirsten Dunst, University of Pittsburgh head basketball coach Jamie Dixon and current NFL players Justin Fargas and Nick Folk ... played for coach Kevin Rooney ... born Oct. 18, 1989 ... son of Mike and Cathy McDonald ... youngest of three children ... enrolled in College of Arts and Letters, majoring in sociology.
McDonald's Career Statistics