Ray McDonald
Courtesy: Idaho Athletic Media Relations
          Release: 09/16/2008
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"Thunder Ray" stormed through opposing defenses for three seasons on the gridiron for Idaho. A terrific combination of size (6-4, 240 pounds) and speed (9.9 second 100-yard dash), Ray McDonald ranks as one of the best running backs in Idaho history. McDonald was bigger than most linemen he faced and faster than most defensive backs. A two-time All-American (1965 and 1966), McDonald rushed for 2,916 yards and 39 touchdowns in his career, which includes an NCAA-best 1,329 yards in 1966. That total was an Idaho school record that lasted 24 years. His 132.9 yards per game average in 1966 is an Idaho school record that has yet to be threatened. McDonald also is the only Vandal ever picked in the first round of the NFL Draft, as the Redskins took him at 13th overall in 1967. McDonald also starred for the Vandal track and field team, where he competed in the hurdles and the throws. He was a three-time Big Sky champion and a two-time All-American in the shot put and discus. He left Idaho as the Big Sky record holder in the discus, as well as the Idaho school record holder in the shot put and discus.

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