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95 Ray McDonald
  • Defensive Tackle
  • 6-3, 285
  • Senior (RS), 3L
  • Belle Glade (Glades Central)

A redshirt senior defensive tackle who is a three-year starter…

CAREER: Has seen action in 31 games with 22 starts…

HONORS: Sporting News All-Freshman Team in 2003…SEC All-Freshman Team in 2003…Named to the Knoxville News-Sentinel All-Freshman Team in 2003…Scripps/FWAA Freshman All-America Team in 2003…

2005: Moved from defensive tackle to defensive end during preseason drills…Started the first three games of the season before having to sit out the next three contests with a knee injury that required surgery…Reappeared in the lineup against LSU and Georgia before sitting out the remainder of the season after having a second and season-ending surgery on his injured knee…Finished the season with eight tackles including three for a net loss of 13 yards, as well as one sack for a loss of nine yards…Recorded three tackles against Georgia, including one solo and two assisted efforts… Recorded two solo tackles for loss (12 yards) in the Gators' home opener against Wyoming, as well as one sack which resulted in a loss of nine yards…

2004: A starting defensive tackle…Saw action in 11 games (all except Middle Tennessee State) with seven starts (Tennessee, Kentucky, Arkansas, LSU, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Miami) for 572 plays, second among defensive linemen…Third among defensive linemen with 39 tackles…Led the team with 10 tackles for a loss…Four quarterback hurries ranked second on the team…Had a tackle for a loss in seven of the last nine games of the season…Led all defensive linemen in tackles at Tennessee, vs. Arkansas and at Florida State…Named SEC Defensive Player of the Week after season-high seven tackles at FSU including career-high two sacks…Third on the team and first among defensive linemen with four tackles, all unassisted vs. Miami in the Peach Bowl…Also contributed on special teams on the punt and extra point and field goal block teams…

2003: Moved inside to DT from DE during the preseason and won the starting job, starting 12 games (all except FSU)…Was only the fourth defensive lineman in UF history to start as a freshman in the season opener (Reggie McGrew started in 1996, Mark Campbell in 1992 and Phillip Johnson in 1989)…Was the only freshman defensive lineman in school history to start 12 games…Tied for fifth in the nation in tackles for loss by a freshman and tied for sixth in the nation for sacks by a freshman…Led the defensive tackles and ranked second among UF defensive linemen with 54 tackles…Also had eight TFL, four sacks, two forced fumbles and two pass breakups…Tied for second on the team with four sacks and ranked second with eight TFL…Saw action in 711 plays, the second highest total among defensive linemen…Recorded a sack and a TFL vs. Georgia, along with five tackles…Had a team-best 12 tackles vs. Kentucky, a career-high…Was one of four freshmen to have recorded a sack…Had a sack, two tackles for loss and four tackles (including three solo hits) vs. SJSU in his first career game…Recorded a sack, a TFL and two tackles at No. 3 Miami and saw action for a line-high 60 plays…

2002:Worked with the scout team at defensive end and was redshirted…Named Scout Team Player of the Week for Tennessee…

PREP: One of the state's elite defensive linemen who earned prep All-America honors in 2001…Named to PrepStar's Dream Team and that publication ranked him among the nation's top eight defensive linemen and top two in the southeast…Named to National Bluechips' All-America Team and that publication ranked him among the nation's top dozen defensive ends…Ranked among the nation's top 30 defensive ends by Rivals.com… Palm Beach County Defensive Player of the Year in 2001…Helped the team to the 3A State Championship as a junior… Totaled 132 tackles with 24 QB sacks in 2001…High school coach was Willie Bueno…

MAJOR: Sociology


CAREER DEFENSIVE STATISTICS
Year UT-AT TT TBL QBS FF FR PD INT
2003 34-20 54 8 4 2 0 2 0
2004 26-13 39 10 3 0 1 0 0
2005 6-2 8 3 1 0 0 0 0
Totals: 66-35 101 21 8 2 1 2 0

McDONALD'S CAREER HIGHS
Tackles: 12 (Kentucky, 2003)
QB Sacks: 2 (Florida State, 2004)
Forced Fumbles: 1 (twice, last vs. Florida State, 2003)
Interceptions: None

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