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James Allen McDonald
Born June 9, 1915(1915-06-09)
Springfield, Ohio
Died May 1, 1997 (aged 81)
Knoxville, Tennessee
Career information
Year(s) 19381939
NFL Draft 1938 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2
(By the Philadelphia Eagles)
College Ohio State University
Professional teams
Career stats
Rushing attempts-yards 25-80
Receptions-yards 7-112
Touchdowns 0
Stats at
Career highlights and awards
  • No notable achievements

James Allen McDonald (June 9, 1915 – May 1, 1997) was a college and professional American football player, and later the football head coach at the University of Tennessee for one season.

College career

McDonald was a halfback and quarterback for the Ohio State University football team from 1935 to 1937. In his senior year he was a team co-captain, and was named as an All-America selection. McDonald's most memorable play that year was only worth one point. He was kicking a point after touchdown against Northwestern and the ball was blocked. The holder, Mike Kabealo, grabbed the ball, pitched it back to McDonald. McDonald ran the ball around the right side for the point. The final score was 7-0.

McDonald was also a three-year starter as a guard on the Ohio State basketball team, from 1936 to 1938. He served as team captain as a senior.

McDonald was inducted into the Ohio State Varsity O Hall of Fame in 1986.

Professional football and coaching careers

McDonald was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles as the second pick in the 1938 NFL Draft, but never played for that team. He played two seasons with the Detroit Lions, picking up a career total of 80 yards.

McDonald was a football assistant under University of Tennessee head coach Bowden Wyatt from 1955-1962. He succeeded Wyatt in 1963, but stayed at that position for only one year. After his year as head coach McDonald remained on the Tennessee staff as an Assistant Athletic Director.

McDonald's son, James McDonald, Jr., was a starting defensive end for the Volunteers in 1967.

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Preceded by
Merle Wendt
Ohio State Buckeyes
Football Captain

1937 (w/Ralph Wolf)
Succeeded by
Mike Kabealo & Carl Kaplanoff
Preceded by
Tippy Dye
Ohio State Buckeyes
Basketball Captain

Succeeded by
Jimmy Hull
Preceded by
Bowden Wyatt
University of Tennessee Head Football Coach
Succeeded by
Doug Dickey


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