Curt Mcdonald is looking to take his play to another level with the Allan Hancock Bulldogs in 2019.
He finished the 2018 season as a freshman with 66 tackles, seven pass breakups, two forced fumbles and one interception for a touchdown. The Allan Hancock Bulldogs went 10-1 (5-0 American Pacific Conference). They tied for second in defensive touchdowns with five, fifth in scoring defense with 17.7 points per game, eighth in scoring offense with 40.6 points per game, eighth in total defense with 276.3 yards per game and 10th in sacks with 38.
The 5”10, 187 pound, defensive back from Oglethorpe, Georgia, played football at Macon County High School. He spoke about his transition from high school to the junior college ranks.
“Throughout this process, I’ve learned to never take anything for granted being a JUCO guy. I learned to appreciate all opportunities I’m presented with. I’ve also learned to focus on and pay much [more] attention to my game,” Mcdonald said.
Going from Georgia to California is a big jump in anyone’s life. Curt Mcdonald and Allan Hancock College found one another because one of his brothers was contacted by Bulldogs Linebackers Coach Frank Maltagliati. The coach saw Mcdonald’s film, contacted him and that was the beginning of the next phase of his life.
“I hope to gain as much knowledge as possible. Knowledge in general. I want to become the best man, father, son, husband, and friend to everyone around me. I want to keep God first in my life and learn to handle everything that comes my way,” on what he wants to gain from this next phase of his football career and life.
Being a football player in the JUCO circuit, he saw the sense of brotherhood that it creates and how it makes everyone grind harder.
As an Allan Hancock Bulldog, Curt Mcdonald has become more of a leader on and off the field and learned to set the example and standard that the program needs. He’s become more mature and attentive to his surroundings and has seen what he needs to work on and what it takes to work on it.
“…Everything you get here you have to work for, so I’ve learned the value and what it truly means to be independent. I’ve also had to stay on top of myself. There’s no one waking you up for class [or] monitoring your class work. So, you have to take responsibility for that and step up.”
Curt Mcdonald on film, is a good cover corner who always has his eyes on the football and the hands to intercept passes. He’s also not afraid to get physical and come down in run support to make tackles. His speed is something to pay attention to as well. He knows that he has to get better at putting himself and his teammates in positions to succeed.
“I am looking to work on my speed and physicality. There is always something you can improve on and if I can show even more speed and physicality that will do nothing but boost my game,” he said about what he needs to work on.
His first tackle for loss was his first experience in college football and changed the momentum of that particular game. At the age of six, he was playing with nine and 10-year-olds. He was a tough kid and football was a way to let everything out and put all other problems aside.
“I play the game for my parents and my community. Not everyone from where I’m from gets this opportunity. I want to show everyone in Macon that no matter the circumstances, there’s a way to make it. I want to make it and give back to my parents and my community because they are what made me.”
His brothers have had the biggest impact on his life because they took him under their wings and taught him valuable lessons about life and football. Their high expectations served as motivation. Because they succeeded in life, he wants to follow in their footsteps.