By Mac McLeod,
Back when he was an aspiring young football player in the Overton County Outlaws program, Will McDonald walked up to the local sportswriter, introduced himself, and proudly proclaimed he was going to be the quarterback at Livingston Academy one day.
It took about four years for that “first” dream to mature, and last Wednesday, on the birthday of one of his grandfathers, he made another come true.
“This is a dream come true for me,” McDonald, the senior quarterback at Livingston Academy stated after signing a Letter of Intent to attend Lindsey Wilson in Columbia, KY, and play quarterback for the Blue Raiders in National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).
“It’s hard to express my feeling right now,” the record setting signal caller for the Wildcats over the past four years continued. “I know I’ve been blessed and I’m just so thankful for this opportunity.
“First I want to think my family, my mother, father, sister, grandparents, all those who have spent hundred of hours and thousands of miles to encourage my play. That has been so gratifying,” he added.
“And of course my coaches and my teammates and fellow students,” McDonald went on. “What a great group of people, and without them, this could not have happened. I will always be thankful to coach (Danny) McCoin for spending so much time working with me. His knowledge of the game from the quarterback position has been so helpful, and to (head coach Bruce) coach Lamb for having so much faith in me. There were good time and bad times, but he never gave up on me, and I cannot put that in words.
“This is just a wonderful moment and I’m so thankful.”
Lindsey Wilson is a school with a long history, but just recently, 2008, reinstated football, and last season the Blue Raiders were ranked 4th nationally in the NAIA after posting a 12-1 record.
“Our staff has been in serious contact with Will for the better part of the last 10 months,” Lindsey Wilson head coach Chris Oliver stated, “and in that time, we have come to understand how much of a great young man he is. His football experiences and success speaks for itself, but we’re just as excited about adding a young man with his character to our program.”
During his four years at the helm of the Wildcats, McDonald attempted 941 passes and completed 567 for a total of 7,446 yards and 75 touchdowns, the last two school records. Other school marks include most TD’s in one game – 6, most TD’s in a half – 5, and most TD’s in a season – 30.
Awards for the standout senior include 2016 All Region, 2017 Region Quarterback of the Year, 2018 Region Offensive Player of the Year, 2019 Region Most Valuable Player, 2019 TNFCA/TSWA All-State, and 2019 TSSSAA Mr. Football Finalist.
“This is just a great opportunity for a great young man,” Coach Lamb pointed out. “Will has always been a young man who knew where he was going and figured out how to get there. He always wanted to be better and he got better.
“It’s been a real pleasure for me to have coached him, and I know he will continue to move forward. Our entire coaching staff has the highest regard for Will and wish him the very best. “
“I’ve got my chance now and it’s up to me,” McDonald concluded. “I will probably be redshirted my first year, and that will give me some time to get bigger physically and get accustomed to a new situation. It’s all so exciting and I just want to thank everyone.”