Iowa State All-American Will McDonald is returning for his senior season
Iowa State All-American defensive end Will McDonald is returning for his senior season.
“I am coming back for my senior season to ensure I am the best player I can possibly be before I go to the NFL,” the Cyclones’ career sack leader wrote on Twitter Thursday afternoon. “I am coming back for my senior season to help Cyclone football sustain success. I am coming back for my senior season to hear Cyclone nation rise up on 3rd down a few more times.”
McDonald is the second Cyclones with NFL potential to announce he’s returning for his senior season. The first was starting cornerback Anthony Johnson.
“My family and I have been thinking non-stop and contemplating whether I should declare for this year’s draft, or use my last year of eligibility,” Johnson wrote on Twitter. “We finally came to the decision that it is in my best interest to return for my last year, not only to show my versatility or finish becoming the best player and person I can be, but to lead this team with character, grit, sacrifice, consistency and hard work.”
As for running back Breece Hall – it looks like he’ll be playing in the Dec. 29 Cheez-It Bowl against Clemson. The consensus first-team All-American was shown in a practice photo Thursday on the Cyclones football web site.
McDonald had a school-record 11 ½ sacks this season. He enters the bowl game with a school-record 29 for his career.
“I think we knew he was a dynamic playmaker of some sort, and it just so happened it's going to be at defensive end,” Campbell said about McDonald this season. “But to say, did you know what he was going to become? No. Did you know what his spirit was? Did you know what he was about? Did you know he had elite athleticism?
“Yeah, I think we had a really good idea about that. But boy, Will’s done an incredible job for us.”
Iowa State columnist Randy Peterson embarked on his 50th year of writing sports for the Des Moines Register in December 2021 . Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org, 515-284-8132, and on Twitter at @RandyPete.