MEDFORD - For the second time this season, junior quarterback Ryan McDonald of the Tufts University football team has been selected as the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Player of the Week.
Recognized earlier this season on October 1 for his efforts in the Jumbos' 37-17 win at Bates, McDonald was awarded this week after totaling 391 yards of offense in the Jumbos' 21-13 victory at Williams College. This is Tufts' third NESCAC weekly honor for 2017 overall including Special Teams Player of the Week recipient Alex LaPiana on October 1.
McDonald passed for a career-high 336 yards at Williams, completing 25 of 40 passes. His 59-yard touchdown pass to Jack Dolan got the scoring started at 3:38 of the second quarter. After Williams tied the score, McDonald converted a third and 11 with a 27-yard pass to Dolan leading to a touchdown which put the Jumbos up for good at 13-7. On Tufts' third touchdown drive, he led the offense 57 yards in three plays going 2 for 2 for 31 yards. McDonald also rushed 17 times for 55 yards. His 336 passing yards are the most in a game at Tufts since Jack Doll threw for 349 against Bowdoin on October 4, 2014.
With 1,485 yards passing through six games, McDonald already has Tufts' highest season total since Anthony Fucillo set the program record with 2,475 yards in 2010. McDonald's 63.6 completion percentage (124 for 195) and 247.5 yards passing per game both rank third in the league. He's also third in NESCAC this fall with 437 yards rushing. His 1,922 yards of total offense average out to 320.3 per game.
McDonald joins Wililams College QB Bobby Maimaron as players who have earned two NESCAC Offensive Player of the Week honors this season. Between McDonald and 2017 Tufts graduate Chance Brady - the NESCAC Offensive Player of the Year in 2015 and 2016 at running back - Tufts has received the offensive weekly award four times in the last two seasons.
With McDonald at the helm, the Jumbos are averaging 26.2 points and 424.2 yards per game in 2017.