Drafted: Pick 9 of the 4th round by St. Louis
Positives: Has a lean frame with a defined upper frame, small waist and slender thighs and calves...Has good initial quickness and suddenness coming off the snap...Uses his speed to escape the press coverage and is a very good route runner with the speed and cutting ability to cut and accelerate out of his breaks...Has outstanding field vision, easily finding the soft spot in the zone...Works the sidelines well and is very aware of oncoming defenders...Can create separation on the move and makes good body adjustments going up for the ball...Has good hands placement and superb hand/eye coordination to extend and pluck the ball at its highest point...Holds on to the ball after the collision and has the body flexibility to combat for the ball in traffic...More elusive than fast as a runner, but has an array of wiggle and juke moves to make defenders miss...Despite his size, he will not back down when facing up to defenders as a blocker.
Negatives: Sometimes pulls his arms up short in traffic...Relies on quickness, rather than power to escape the jam, as he can be knocked around by the more physical defenders... Undersized with little playing strength...More effective on the outside perimeter, as his lack of bulk causes him to pull up short on attempts over the middle...Seems to break stride a bit on over-the-shoulder grabs, having to gather himself before turning upfield... Has a strong initial burst, but lacks top-end speed to maintain acceleration on deep routes.
One of the most exciting players in the Pac-10 Conference and in the nation...Short in stature but tall on talent, Shaun has the skills to make something happen after catching the football...The finalist for the Biletnikoff Award, he finished his career as one of the top pass catchers in the history of ASU football...Compiled 2867 yards receiving, just 126 shy of the school career-record of 2993 yards by Hall of Famer John Jefferson (1974-77)...His 2867 yards rank sixth on the Pac-10 Conference's all-time record list...His 24 touchdown catches rank third in school annals, topped only by the 25 scoring grabs of both Doug Allen (1981-84) and Keith Poole (1993-96)...His 156 receptions rank third in school history and ninth on the conference career-record chart.
All-American third-team selection by The NFL Draft Report, Associated Press and The Sporting News...All-Pac 10 Conference first-team choice...Finalist for the Biletnikoff Award, given to the nation's top receiver...Set school season-records with 87 catches for 1405 yards (16.1 avg) and 13 touchdowns, topping the previous marks of 64 receptions by Ron Fair (1989) and 1144 yards by Morris Owens (1973)...Only Doug Allen (14 in 1984) had more touchdown grabs in a season for the Sun Devils...Added 25 yards on five carries (5.0 avg) and 29 yards on a pair of punt returns (14.5 avg)...Gained over 100 yards receiving in five contests.
Nebraska...Began the year with 73 yards on 7 grabs.
Central Florida...Snatched 5 passes for 54 yards and 3 scores.
San Diego State...Followed with 8 receptions for 175 yards and touchdowns of 72, 33, 29 & 16 yards...His four scoring catches equalled the school record that he holds (vs. Louisiana-Lafayette in 2001) with John Allen (vs. San Jose State in 1953).
Stanford...Gained 221 yards on 10 catches, including a 27-yard touchdown...Only Eric Guliford (232 vs. Houston in 1990) and Ron Fair (277 vs. Washington State in 1989) gained more yards receiving in a game for the Sun Devils.
North Carolina...Had 8 receptions for 156 yards.
Oregon...Hauled in a career-high 12 passes for 204 yards and a 67-yard score...Only Ron Fair (19 vs. Washington State in 1989) had more catches in a game for ASU.
Washington...Made 3 catches for 50 yards and a 15-yard touchdown.
California...Snared 6 passes for 138 yards with 68 & 28-yard scores.
Southern California...Added 73 yards on 4 catches, including a 24-yard touchdown and returned 2 punts for 29 yards.
Kansas State (Holiday Bowl)...Closed out his career with 10 catches for 96 yards.
All-Pac 10 Conference first-team choice...Played in every game, starting eight contests... Led the team with 47 receptions for 1104 yards (23.5 avg) and ten touchdowns...Rushed four times for 8 yards (2.0 avg) and a score...Also returned three kickoffs for 52 yards (17.3 avg).
Stanford...Made a pair of catches for 95 yards and a 68-yard score.
San Jose State...Had 3 receptions for 76 yards and a 50-yard touchdown...Also caused a fumble on special teams.
Louisiana-Lafayette...Tied a school game-record with four touchdown grabs, finishing with 5 catches for 154 yards.
Southern California...Scored on a 6-yard reverse.
Oregon State...Hauled in 5 passes for 123 yards and a 63-yard touchdown.
Washington...Had a season-high 9 catches for 194 yards and a 33-yard score.
Oregon...Added 103 yards on 5 grabs.
Washington State...Gained over 100 yards receiving for the fourth-straight game as he totaled 169 yards on 5 catches, including a40-yard touchdown.
Played in every game, starting vs. Washington and Arizona...Caught 22 passes for 358 yards (16.3 avg) and a touchdown...Returned 28 punts for 269 yards (9.4 avg) and a score...Added 42 yards on three kickoff returns (14.0 avg).
California...Had a pair of receptions for 122 yards and scored his first career touchdown on a 68-yard grab.
Southern California...Snatched 4 passes for 45 yards and returned a punt 81 yards for a score.
Boston College (Aloha Bowl)...Gained 61 yards on 4 catches.
Redshirted as a freshman.
Suffered a broken fibula, missing more than a third of his senior season in 1998 at Shadow Mountain High.
Campus Agility Tests
4.53 in the 40-yard dash...35.5-inch vertical jump...30-inch arm length...8 3/4-inch hands.
COMBINE AGILITY TESTS
ARM HAND TEST 40 20 10 225 VJ BJ SHUTTLE CONE
29 1/2 8 3/4 29
Attended Shadow Mountain (Phoenix, Az.) High...Earned first-team "Best In The West" by the Long Beach Press-Telegram (only player on that team from the state of Arizona)... Super Prep All-American, listed as the No. 14 "Skill Athlete" in the nation...Listed as the No. 5 wide receiver in the Western Region by PrepStar Magazine...Rated as the No. 26 prospect in the Far West by Super Prep...Member of the "Western 100" by the Tacoma News-Tribune...1999 honorable mention All-American by USA Today...Named to the Super All-State 1998 squad as a return specialist by Arizona Football Magazine...Earned first-team All-State accolades in Class 5A by Arizona Football Magazine...Finalist for the Arizona Player of the Year award given annually by Arizona Football Magazine...Earned All-State honors as a kick return specialist and All-Conference as a wide receiver and kick specialist as a junior...Three-year starter...Collected five kickoff returns for touchdowns as a senior before missing one-third of his senior season with a broken fibula...As a senior, he had 800 yards receiving (30 yard average) and 1,700 all-purpose yards...Added seven kick returns for touchdown and averaged 46 yards per kick return...As a junior, he returned four kickoffs of 90 yards or longer for touchdowns...Holds the state record for most kickoff returns for touchdowns with 14...Also played tailback as a junior and rushed for 899 yards on 65 carries...Had 43 receptions for 706 yards and six more touchdowns... Lettered three times in football and four times each in soccer and track and field...Scored a goal and assisted on another in winning the state championship in soccer...Coached by Hal Pigusch.
Interdisciplinary Studies...Son of Brad and Verona McDonald...Brother Tariq played for the Arizona Sun Devils (1997-99) as a receiver until leaving early for the NFL where he was signed as a free agent by the Cincinnati Bengals...Born Shaun Terrance McDonald on 6/31/81 in Phoenix, Arizona.
YEAR GP GS NO YARDS AVG TD LONG R/G GM/AVG
2000 12 02 22 358 16.3 1 68 1.83 29.83
2001 11 08 47 1104 23.5 10 68 4.27 100.36
2002 14 14 87 1405 16.1 13 72 6.21 100.36
TOTAL 37 24 156 2867 18.4 24 72 4.22 77.49
PUNT RETURNS KICKOFF RETURNS