McDonald, the Trojans’ leading tackler last season, is the heir to the Trojans’ long lineage of hard-hitting safeties including Ronnie Lott, Troy Polamalu and Taylor Mays. He was suspended because he “had been previously warned about illegal hits above the shoulders on defenseless opponents,” Scott said.
McDonald, who has 39 tackles this season, wasn’t ejected from the game for a hit in the neck-head area of a defenseless opponent, but the conference made the suspension after video review.
“I accept my penalty and I apologize to my teammates, to our Trojan fans and to the Stanford team,” McDonald said in a statement. “I was not purposefully trying to hurt the receiver. As I said after the game, I will figure out a way to play physically and still stay within the rules.”
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