Former Gophers receiver Andre McDonald to play at UW-River Falls
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Former University of Minnesota receiver Andre McDonald plans to play football and basketball at the University of Wisconsin in River Falls, he told the Minnesota Daily's Jack Satzinger.
McDonald, 20, was a four-star recruit out of Hopkins High School and chose the hometown Gophers over programs like Ohio State, Michigan State and UCLA. He joined other highly-touted recruits like former Gophers quarterback Philip Nelson and receiver Jamel Harbison, who also both recently announced their departures.
McDonald played in eight games as a freshman before he was benched for the Meineke Car Care Bowl in 2012 after violating team rules.
"I was smoking marijuana," McDonald told Satzinger. "It was always drug related."
He spent time in rehab the following spring and ultimatley ended up in Miami for a change of scenery, he told Satzinger. McDonald rejoined the Gophers last summer, but was dismissed from camp in August.
"I got suspended and that was it," McDonald said. "I wasn't really at a point where I was talking to anybody.
"I was kind of secluded and on my own."
McDonald plans to go from Division I to Division III and be a two-sport athlete in River Falls. He also told Satzinger he plans to pursue a teaching degree.