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Coach McDonald Leaves For Arkansas

Wide receivers coach George McDonald has left the University of Miami to take the same position at Arkansas.

McDonald arrived with coach Al Golden following the 2010 season. He spent the 2009 and 2010 seasons as wide receivers coach of the Cleveland Browns.

While at Miami, McDonald's best coaching job was developing talented receiver Tommy Streeter during the 2011 season. Streeter was the breakout player of the offense that season, totaling 46 receptions for 811 yards and eight touchdowns. Streeter was selected in the NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens.

This past season, McDonald developed sophomore Phillip Dorsett into Miami's top receiving threat. Dorsett led the Hurricanes in receiving with 842 yards and four touchdowns after totaling 147 yards and one touchdown in 2011.

McDonald spent the 2009 and 2010 seasons as the Cleveland Browns' wide receivers coach. He first joined the Cleveland staff as offensive quality control coach on February 11, 2009 and was quickly promoted to wide receivers coach on May 6, 2009. He previously spent nine seasons as an assistant on the collegiate level, including two seasons as the wide receivers coach at the University of Minnesota.

In 2008, McDonald played an integral role in helping junior wide receiver Eric Decker to his most productive season as a Gopher, as he set a school record with 84 receptions, eclipsed the 1,000-yard receiving mark (1,074) and earned a first-team All-Big Ten honors.

Before arriving at Minnesota, McDonald spent the 2005-06 seasons at Western Michigan, where he worked with current Green Bay Packer Jennings. In McDonald's first season with the Broncos, Jennings was named 2005 MAC Offensive Player of the Year, MAC co-MVP (Vern Smith Award) and was a Biletnikoff Award semifinalist after setting program records for career receptions, receiving touchdowns and all-purpose yards.

Prior to his stint at Western Michigan, McDonald served as tight ends coach at Stanford (2004) where he tutored tight end Alex Smith, who was a finalist for the Mackey Award as the nation's top tight end that year and went on to be drafted by Tampa Bay in the third round of the 2005 Draft. McDonald was the wide receivers coach at Northern Illinois from 2001-2003 where during that time, the Huskies rose to No. 12 in the BCS rankings. In his first season at NIU, one of his receivers, Darrell Hill, was named Second-Team All-MAC and was selected in the seventh round of the NFL Draft by the Tennessee Titans.

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