When Kansas State absolutely had to get a first down against Central Florida last weekend, the Wildcats called on Andre McDonald.
Facing a third-and-long on their final drive of the day, Carson Coffman dropped back and to the right, turned to his left and lobbed a pass to the redshirt freshman tight end. McDonald, a 6-foot-8 receiver/blocker, was wide open on the misdirection play and rumbled 18 yards down field.
A few plays later, Coffman went to him again for a five-yard gain. By making two big grabs, McDonald helped K-State score a game-winning touchdown.
Coming into the drive, the odds of McDonald catching a key pass seemed slim. He had yet to make a single catch with the Wildcats, and had earlier scared K-State coaches by dropping a catchable ball. But he came through when his teammates needed him, and they in turn are grateful.
McDonald talked at length about his catches and role with the Wildcats this week. Turns out he’s quite the character.