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George McDonald Hired as WR Coach @ "the u"

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"Former Cleveland Browns wide receiver coach George McDonald has been added to the UM staff by Al Golden according to sources close to the program. McDonald, a native of Buena Park, Calif, spent the last two seasons with the Browns. During his stint at Western Michigan, he was instrumental in recruiting South Florida. He was a four-year letterman as a receiver at Illinois (1995-98) where he finished with 59 receptions and 589 yards. Coaching Background: 2000 Ball State, graduate assistant 2001 Bucknell, wide receivers coach 2001-03 Northern Illinois, wide receivers coach 2004 Stanford, tight ends coach 2005-06 Western Michigan, wide receivers coach 2007-08 University of Minnesota, wide receivers coach In 2008, McDonald played an integral role in helping junior wide receiver Eric Decker to his most productive season as a Gopher, as he set a school record with 84 receptions, eclipsed the 1,000-yard receiving mark (1,074) and earned a first-team All-Big Ten bid. Before arriving at Minnesota, McDonald spent the 2005-06 seasons at Western Michigan, where he worked with current Green Bay Packers receiver Greg Jennings. In McDonald’s first season with the Broncos, Jennings was named 2005 MAC Offensive Player of the Year, MAC co-MVP (Vern Smith Award) and was a Biletnikoff Award semifinalist after setting program records for career receptions, receiving touchdowns and all-purpose yards. Prior to his stint with the Broncos, McDonald served as tight ends coach at Stanford (2004) and wide receivers coach at Northern Illinois (2001-03). While at Stanford, McDonald tutored tight end Alex Smith, who was a finalist for the Mackey Award as the nation’s top tight end that year and went on to be drafted by Tampa Bay in the third round of the 2005 Draft. McDonald has also gained valuable NFL experience from minority internships during training camps with the New York Jets (2004, 2006), Chicago (2005) and Tampa Bay (2007). "

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