Wednesday in Hawkville: Clinton McDonald busts out his “Atomic Dog” dance

Posted Aug 21, 2013

A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Aug. 21, when the Seahawks continued preparing for their third preseason game against the Packers on Friday night in Green Bay.

A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Aug. 21, when the Seahawks continued preparing for their third preseason game against the Packers on Friday night in Green Bay:


Move over Richard Sherman; make room for Dancin’ Clinton McDonald – all 297 pounds of him.


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Sherman will bust a move, or six, at any given time on the practice field. So seeing the All-Pro cornerback dance to the music that blares throughout practice is nothing new – but still highly entertaining. Today, however, it was McDonald who broke into an impressive routine during the individual drills for the defensive linemen.

McDonald calls it his “Fraternity Dance,” after the Omega Psi Phi fraternity he belonged to while attending the University of Memphis. What provoked the can’t-help-but-dance moment was George Clinton’s “Atomic Dog.”

“That’s our national fraternity song, so I just had to dance,” McDonald said.

So, is McDonald ready to challenge Sherman to a dance-off?

“Nah, I’m not going to challenge Sherm,” McDonald said. “Sherm, he’s the champion when it comes to dancing. I’m just trying to keep up, and trying to knock some of the fat off.”


The Seahawks signed the 6-foot-7 McDaniel in free agency with the idea that he might be able to supply the length and leverage at the three-technique defensive tackle spot that was lost when incumbent starter Alan Branch signed elsewhere in free agency.


Watching practice were 100 Navy personnel from Everett. They took pictures during practice, got autographs after practice and generally enjoyed their break along the shores of Lake Washington.

But a groin injury has prevented McDaniel for playing in the first two preseason games and also cost him valuable time on the practice field. But he’s back at practice – deflecting a pass today that was intercepted by strong safety Kam Chancellor – and the coaches now need to see him do his thing in a game.

“I feel his presence most in the pass rush, where he can get a hand up or you can feel his length as a rusher,” defensive coordinator Dan Quinn said. “So it’s great to have him back out here. He’s been working as hard as he can to get back.

“It’s important to see, what’s he do best? We’ve seen it in practice and we have a sense of what he does best. And now we’re anxious to see it in a game setting. We can’t wait to see him play.”

The two defensive linemen the Seahawks selected in this year’s NFL Draft started the first two games at the three-technique spot – fifth-round pick Jesse Williams in the opener against the Chargers and third-rounder Jordan Hill in last week’s home opener against the Broncos.


Hill did not practice because of the arm injury he got in Tuesday’s practice. Wide receiver Stephen Williams, who has averaged 32 yards on his four preseason receptions, also sat out with an undisclosed injury. Cornerback Antoine Winfield started practice, but did not finish after having ice placed on one of his knees.

Still sidelined: wide receivers Percy Harvin (hip) and Bryan Walters (hamstring), guard James Carpenter (foot), fullback Michael Robinson (ill), Williams (knee) and the four players who began training camp on an injury list – defensive linemen Chris Clemons (knee) and Greg Scruggs (knee), cornerback Tharold Simon (foot) and linebacker Kory Toomer (knee).



Saturday’s game is being televised nationally by CBS, KIRO/7 in the greater Seattle area. So Ian Eagle will handle the play-by-play with former Giants quarterback Phil Simms as the analyst.   

The team will fly to Wisconsin on Thursday after practice for Friday night’s game against the Packers at Lambeau Field.

The players are off on Saturday before returning on Sunday for meetings and an afternoon walkthrough.