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July 12, 2013
Key Coogs: #18 Adrian McDonald
We continue our coverage of the Houston Cougars leading up to the beginning of the pre-season camp with a continued look at the Key Cougar players whose performance in 2013 will have a direct impact on the ability of the Cougars to be successful.
Our series looking at theses players is our Key Coogs series, which is sponsored by Chastang Ford, and will look at the top 25 players in our eyes who will play key roles in the Cougars success next season, their first in the American Athletic Conference.
Today we continue the series with a look at sophomore safety Adrian McDonald who had a very effective true freshman season in 2012 after being pushed into the starting role due to injuries above him on the depth chart.
To say he simply was playing because of injuries likely wouldn't do much justice to his talent level and skill set that allowed him to have such a successful freshman campaign but the injuries likely allowed him an earlier chance to display his talents.
The true freshman stepped into the starting role near the end of the season but played consistently throughout the season and joined with fellow true freshman Trevon Stewart forming a tremendous freshman defensive back tandem.
In 2012 McDonald forced four turnover in his first season, including two forced fumbles and two interceptions while pitching in with 35 tackles.
In 2013 McDonald should be a lot more comfortable in the starting role and will likely continue the steady improvement he showed in his freshman season.