Speaking after the first period of practice, the McKay Award preseason watch list honoree talked on the conditions surrounding practice, calling day one “incredible” despite feeling the heat of a Tallahassee day.
Despite the prep done in the offseason under strength and conditioning coach Josh Storms, McDonald says there’s still more to be done for all involved.
“It’s supposed to be hot, it’s supposed to be humid...and we definitely felt that today.”
“Coach Storms does an incredible job...he tells us there’s only one way to get in true football shape, and that’s playing football.”
While he seeks consistency from himself and his teammates on the practice field, he’s also grateful for the opportunity to have consistency in his coaching staff.
“Getting the same offense two years in a row, getting the same terminology same verbiage, that can take you so much further in your game,” he said Saturday. “Coach Dillingham showed us a cut-up of us running plays during the season, then us running it in the spring with a completely different result because our assignments were sound, everybody was doing their job.”
“Since my freshman year of high school, I’ve never had the same offensive coordinator, the same offense for two seasons in a row.”