MEDFORD – For the third time in his career, senior quarterback Ryan McDonald of the Tufts University football team has been selected as the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Offensive Player of the Week.
McDonald gained 368 yards of total offense in the Jumbos' 47-14 victory over Bates College on Homecoming Day in Somerville. He was at the helm as Tufts' offense gained 545 total yards and picked up 32 first downs.
However, the Jumbos trailed the Bobcats 14-10 at halftime. In the second half, McDonald ran for an 18-yard touchdown and threw scoring passes of 16 and 24 yards as Tufts overcame the deficit by scoring 37 unanswered points in the third and fourth quarters.
For the game, McDonald threw for 207 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 161 yards and another score on 23 rushes (seven yards per carry). The 161 rushing yards matches his career high.
This is the first conference weekly award earned by head coach Jay Civetti's Jumbos this season. Tufts is 3-0, tied for first place in the league with Williams and Amherst one-third of the way through the NESCAC schedule. McDonald was previously Offensive Player of the Week on October 1 and October 22 last year.
So far this season McDonald has thrown for 478 yards and four touchdowns while rushing for 287 yards and five scores (second in the league). His 765 yards of total offense averages out to 255 yards per game.