Friday, September 21, 2012

KU fifth-year McDonald hopes to tackle FBI or CIA after football

Kansas linebacker Anthony McDonald hits the sled before linebackers coach DeMontie Cross during practice on Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012. Nick Krug/Journal-World Photo

Kansas linebacker Anthony McDonald hits the sled before linebackers coach DeMontie Cross during practice on Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012. Nick Krug/Journal-World Photo


During his last semester at Notre Dame, Anthony McDonald attended presentations but told recruiters there that they’d have to wait a year for him.


Kansas linebacker Anthony McDonald pops in his mouth guard as he and the linebackers gather for drills during practice on Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012.

The linebacker was about to reunite with former coach Charlie Weis at Kansas to play as a fifth-year senior.

“It’s another year,” McDonald said, “to play the sport I love.”

To do that, McDonald has pushed back his plans of training to work with national security.

Eventually, he’d like to end up with the FBI or CIA.

“I feel it’s a higher calling,” McDonald said. “That’s what I feel ... that (it’s what) I’m meant to do.”

Part of the reason for that is his family history.

McDonald says that kind of work is “in his blood,” as his late grandfather, John Manocchia, served in the Army and Navy before becoming a detective in Los Angeles.

“He really didn’t like to talk much about everything he went through, but he was a great man, and he inspired me to get going on that,” McDonald said. “I always told him that I wanted to do something like that because of him, and he was really encouraging about it.

“He basically told me to follow my heart and do what I want. He wasn’t trying to push it on me. But he said he had a great time.”

McDonald’s interest also grew once he started watching the CBS show “Criminal Minds,” a drama centered around members of the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit.

“I watch that religiously,” McDonald said.

After KU, the plan is to get back in contact with the FBI and CIA representatives he met with at Notre Dame.

From there, he’ll apply for further training after a thorough government background check.

McDonald performed well in his first chance to help his team’s defense Saturday, posting six tackles to go with a fumble recovery against TCU.

“He was involved in a bunch more tackles than I would’ve thought in his first game out there,” KU coach Charlie Weis during his weekly radio show Monday. “He didn’t look too rusty, and now we have another quality player in our depth.”

McDonald was held out of the Jayhawks’ first two games because of injury. He also missed some time at Notre Dame last year after tearing his pectoral muscle, though he was able to get in for a few snaps toward the end of the season.

The Burbank, Calif., native believes he can bring both experience and aggressiveness to KU’s linebacking unit.

After the first few plays Saturday, McDonald said he “got in a zone,” especially after going one-on-one against 6-foot-1, 227-pound running back Matt Tucker.

“We had some collisions,” McDonald said. “I stood up the one time, and my eyes were kind of cross-eyed. I was like, ‘Well, back playing ball. Playing football again.’”

McDonald — he said he felt fine physically after the game — shook off the hits quickly.

“It didn’t feel good when it happened,” McDonald said with a smile, “but thinking about it ... it was good to be back out there.”


Dirk Medema 7 years, 10 months ago

Getting up a little cross-eyed.

Born to be a LB.

nuleafjhawk 7 years, 10 months ago

If a career with the FBI or CIA is what he desires after college, I say go for your dreams with all your gusto.

He could earn some MAJOR resume points by putting his skills to work finding the quarterback that we were promised at the beginning of the season........

Kent Wells 7 years, 10 months ago

That quarterback has entered the Witness Relocation Program.

Tony Bandle 7 years, 10 months ago

  • About the only undercover assignment he'll get will be as a club bouncer.
  • Kansas Football has invented a new position..."Stealth Quarterback."
  • The day before a game and this is the best LJW can do???? Thank goodness for Matt Tait
  • Bold prediction - KU scores 4 rushing TDs and wins 28 - 24.
  • Mac went to Notre Dame High School, Notre Dame University, so now all he needs is Notre Dame to get an NFL Expansion team [or relocate the KC Chefs]

Randy Bombardier 7 years, 10 months ago

FBI, Criminal Justice is important but the skill needed is accounting from what I've heard. Hope McD has a really big game. I remember the NIU QB running a quarterback draw for a long TD last year. Experience in the MLB position should prevent that from happening. The thing I like about the 5th years is that they are going to be teachers, too.

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