Vance McDonald          Rice      This TEA has excellent size, length and athletic ability. Aligns in multiple spots (wing, slot, inside 3×1 & 2×1, inline, offset back, flex) with good overall production. He is used in the run game on reverses and direct hand-offs, which is very impressive considering his size. McDonald has natural receiving skills, soft hands to catch outside his frame with good RAC (run after catch) production and YAC (yards after contact) production, body balance and control to drop pad level, plus a collision finish to break arm tackles. Good toughness, FBI (football instincts) and awareness to make catches in a crowd. Runs a good route tree that will further develop with NFL tutelage (out, bubble screen, swing, post, dig, stick, corner). Did see concentration drops on films viewed; will need to shore up that part of his game. Good ball protection. Nice feet, cutting ability to make defenders miss in tight and open space, with burst to finish and a nose for goal line. Good speed and run skills with vision on reverses. Willing blocker from slot with temperament; flashed nasty with UOH (use of hands) to lock and drive defender until the whistle. Good collision, inline blocker to combine with OT, as well as movement to second level to locate and attack target with double arm bar and production. This 270-pound TEA moves as if he weighs 250 pounds, and the natural movement skills are downright enticing. He is still raw – but has huge upside, qualifying as a diamond in the rough. Softli – First-round talent, second-round pick.

 

VANCE CORMAN McDONALD

Tight End

Rice University Owls

#88

6:04.1-262

Winnie, Texas

East Chambers High School

 

OVERVIEW

McDonald’s fortune at Rice University was unfortunate for the University of Texas. After his father, Bret, was a member of the Longhorns’ football team as a linebacker, Texas did not try to pursue Vance during his high school playing days. In fact, few universities were in pursuit of the East Chambers High School graduate, as he eventually walked on when he joined the Owls’ program, rewarding the team during his first season when he was named to the Conference USA All-Freshman Team in 2009.

 

McDonald would be an invaluable performer for the Rice offensive unit, where he not only provided timely blocks for the Owls’ ground game, but also made his mark as a receiver. In 42 games at the university, 28 as a starter during four seasons, he finished sixth in school history with 119 receptions, seventh with 1,504 receiving yards and tied for fifth with fifteen touchdowns.

 

The team captain would tally 90 points at Rice, averaging 7.43 yards on reverses and 12.64 yards per reception during his career. During the course of his four seasons as an Owl, University of Texas starting tight ends combined for just 31 receptions for 242 yards (7.81 ypc), two touchdowns and twelve points, with D.J. Grant finding the end zone twice on fourteen grabs for 125 yards in 2012 for the Longhorns.

 

Perhaps the reason McDonald “slipped through the cracks” where college recruiters were concerned, was the fact that the East Chambers High multi-sport athlete played for a team that hailed from Winnie, Texas, population 3,500. He lettered three times on the gridiron as a tight end, defensive end and linebacker, but the All-District 24-2A and All-Region III pick measured in at 195 pounds during his senior year. He would go on to help the Buccaneers capture the district titles in each of his final two seasons.

 

McDonald added awards in basketball, where he competed as a center. He garnered All-District first-team honors as a senior, was a second-team pick as a junior and named the district’s Defensive Most Valuable Player in 2008 for the hoops team.

 

McDonald also excelled in track and field. He qualified for the Regional III Finals three times while competing in the long jump, triple jump and relay teams. He anchored East Chambers’ sprint relay teams. A member of the National Honor Society, where he served as treasurer, he was the senior class vice president and president of the student council, ranking fifth in his graduation class.

 

After graduating from East Chambers High in 2008, he delayed his enrollment at Rice University until January, 2009 while recuperating from shoulder surgery. He participated in spring drills and entered fall camp as the second string “Y” receiver (aka tight end). He bulked up to 250 pounds during his year away from football and would go on to appear in ten games, starting as a slot receiver vs. Vanderbilt. A member of the Conference USA All-Freshman team, he posted 118 yards on twelve receptions to earn his first varsity letter.

 

 

 

 

 

McDonald was the recipient of the George R. Brown Award in 2010, given annually to Rice’s top receiver. He played in ten games again, starting six times, but missed a pair of games with a reoccurrence of his shoulder problems. He finished third on the team with 28 catches for 396 yards (14.14 ypc), but turned eight of those grabs into touchdowns, the sixth-best season total by an Owl. He also picked up 19 yards on three reverses and made two solo tackles.

 

McDonald returned from summer workouts a rock-solid 260 pounds entering 2011 fall camp. He started eleven games and had his first injury-free campaign, leading the Owls with a career-high 43 receptions for 532 yards (12.37 ypc) and five touchdowns from the “Y” receiver slot.

 

As a senior, McDonald not only had a solid final season, despite hurting his toe vs. North Texas that sidelined him for two games, but he finally received deserved national attention. The consensus All-Conference USA choice would receive an invitation to the prestigious 2013 Senior Bowl, where he would put on a very impressive show for league decision makers. He finished the year with 36 receptions for 458 yards (12.72 ypc) and two touchdowns while serving as squad captain.

 

During the week-long practices in Mobile, Alabama before the Senior Bowl, McDonald showed team that he was very creative in using his size and strength to consistently cause mismatches when challenged by safeties and linebackers. He also dominated as a drive blocker, regularly stalking and neutralizing second level defenders while leading the way for outside runs.

 

As a receiver, McDonald displayed a smooth running stride, as his long legs allow him to gobble up yardage in a hurry. For a player of his imposing frame, he was very agile and flexible in space and appeared very natural running with the ball after the catch, whether driving through arm tackles or planting his foot and suddenly redirecting to elude and break into the open field.

 

For a player used mostly as a slot receiver at Rice, McDonald also utilized his long arms to reach, latch on and control defenders when working in-line as a blocker. He demonstrated a strong anchor and even when pushed back on his heels, he remained active with his hands and was quick to recover.

 

Utilized mostly on screens and dump-offs with the Owls, McDonald appears to be a very effective pass catcher in a crowd, sort of playing like a basketball center “hanging around the basket” for the way he is able to use his body to push off opponents, along with timing his leaps to reach for the ball at its high point.

 

CAREER NOTES

McDonald started 28-of-48 games at the “Y” receiver position for Rice, as he pulled down 119 passes for 1,504 yards (12.64 ypc) and fifteen touchdowns, adding 52 yards on seven carries (7.43 ypc) and two solo tackles while posting 90 points…His 119 receptions rank sixth in school history behind Jarett Dillard (292; 2005-08), Eric Henley (186; 1988-91), Toren Dixon (161; 2006-09), James Casey (157; 2007-08) and David Houser (152; 1974, 1976-78)…His 1,504 receiving yards placed seventh on the Owls’ career-record chart, surpassed by Dillard (4,138), Houser (2,358), Henley (2,199), Casey (1,914), Dixon (1,746) and Doug Cunningham (1,522; 1975-78)…His fifteen touchdown catches tied Kenneth Roy (1973-76) for fifth on the school all-time record chart, topped by Dillard (60), Houser (18), Casey (17) and Henley (16).

 

 

 

 

2012 SEASON

The All-American Super Sleeper second-team choice by The NFL Draft Report was a consensus All-Conference USA first-team selection, serving as the Owls’ captain before accepting an invitation after the season to play in the 2013 Senior Bowl…Started all ten games he played in, missing the Tulsa, Southern Mississippi and Tulane clashes due to a foot/toe sprain…Finished third on the team with 36 receptions for 458 yards (12.72 ypc), but found the end zone just two times…Stepped in to handle punt snapping chores in last two regular season games…Gained 20 yards on three reverses…Had four receptions in three consecutive early season games, good for 72 yards vs. Kansas, 54 yards vs. Marshall and 35 yards with a 14-yard touchdown to close out the scoring and 20 yards on three carries in a 57-36 loss to Louisiana Tech…After missing close to a month of action, he returned vs. Southern Methodist and produced 85 yards on seven catches that included a 19-yard touchdown…Followed with a career-high nine receptions for 99 yards in a 33-24 regular season finale victory over Texas-El Paso…His career ended on a quiet note, as he made just one catch for 25 yards vs. Air Force in the Armed Forces Bowl…After the season, he was named to the All-Texas squad by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football, as he was one of four members of Rice’s team to receive that honor.

 

2011 SEASON

McDonald was named All-Conference USA first-team and All-American honorable mention by The NFL Draft Report…Started eleven of the twelve games he appeared in (came off the bench vs. Tulane) at “Y” receiver, leading the team with a career-high 43 receptions for 532 yards (12.37 ypc) and five touchdowns…Also gained 13 yards on a reverse vs. Texas-El Paso, as he snared a career-best eight passes for 157 yards and 25-yard touchdown to lead the Owls to a 41-37 decision. His 157 yards, also a career-high, rank 11th on the school game-record chart…Scored twice on catches of 5 and 24 yards, as he pulled down six balls for 59 yards vs. Baylor…Added four catches for 47 yards and a 2-yard score vs. Southern Mississippi…Scored again on a 49-yard bomb, en route to catching three passes for 68 yards vs. Marshall…Closed out his junior campaign with four receptions for 48 yards vs. Southern Methodist.

 

2010 SEASON

McDonald was named the Owls’ top receiver after earning the George R. Brown Award for receivers…He caught five touchdowns over the final three games to finish with eight, the sixth-best season total in school history…The only Owls with more touchdown catches in a season were Jarett Dillard (21 in 2006; 14 in 2007; 20 in 2008), James Casey (13 in 2008) and Kenneth Roy (nine in 1976)…Appeared in ten games, starting six contests, as he placed third on the squad with 28 receptions for 396 yards (14.14 ypc) while also running for 19 yards on three chances and recording a pair of solo tackles…Missed the Baylor and Northwestern contests after injuring his shoulder in the North Texas clash…Became the sixth Owl to catch at least three touchdown passes in the same game when he grabbed three at Tulane, finishing the day with five catches for a season-best 103 yards. He was the first Owl to top 100 yards in receiving since Toren Dixon vs. Tulane in 2009. The only Rice player to catch more touchdown passes in a game was Jarett Dillard (four vs. North Texas in 2008)…Grabbed six tosses for 37 yards and a score vs. Houston and came up with five receptions for 88 yards and a touchdown vs. East Carolina…Ended his sophomore season with 35 yards and a touchdown on four grabs and 12 yards on two carries in a 28-23 win over Alabama-Birmingham.

 

2009 SEASON

Joined the Rice football team as a walk-on, earning Conference USA All Freshman honors after catching twelve passes for 118 yards (9.83 ypc) in his first season… Made his debut in the opener at Alabama-Birmingham and partially blocked a punt on the first series of the season…Caught a pair of passes for 35 yards at Southern Methodist, including a season-long 27 yarder…Missed two games due to an injury sustained vs. Tulsa, but returned to action with a catch for five yards…Made his first career start vs. Vanderbilt at the “F” receiver position and had a season-best six grabs for 50 yards at Oklahoma State.

 

2008 SEASON

McDonald delayed enrollment at Rice University until January, 2009, in order to recover from a high school shoulder injury.

 

INJURY REPORT

2008 Season…Did not play due to a shoulder injury from his 2007 high school season.

2009 Season…Sat out the Navy (10/10) and East Carolina (10/17) games with a shoulder injury.

2010 Season…Injured his shoulder in the North Texas clash (9/11), sitting out the nest two games vs. Northwestern and Baylor.

2012 Season…Missed the Tulsa (10/20), Southern Mississippi (10/27) and Tulane (11/03) games after injuring his foot and toe.

 

AGILITY TESTS

4.69 in the 40-yard dash…1.59 10-yard dash…2.62 20-yard dash…4.53 20-yard shuttle…

11.73 60-yard shuttle…7.08 three-cone drill…33 ½-inch vertical jump…9’11” broad jump… Bench pressed 225 pounds 31 times…34 ½-inch arm length…10-inch hands…81 5/8-inch wingspan.

 

HIGH SCHOOL

McDonald attended East Chambers (Winnie, Tex.) High School, lettering three times in football for Buccaneers head coach Tony Valastro…Competed on the gridiron as a tight end, defensive end and linebacker, but the All-District 24-2A and All-Region III selection measured in at 195 pounds during his senior year…Would go on to help the Buccaneers capture the district titles in each of his final two seasons…Added awards in basketball, where he competed as a center…Garnered All-District first-team honors as a senior, was a second-team pick as a junior and named the district’s Defensive Most Valuable Player in 2008 for the hoops team…Also excelled in track and field, where he qualified for the Regional III Finals three times while competing in the long jump, triple jump and relay teams…Anchored East Chambers’ sprint relay teams…Member of the National Honor Society, where he served as treasurer…Senior class vice president and president of the student council, ranking fifth in his graduation class.

 

PERSONAL

Kinesiology major, enrolled in Lovett College…Son of Beverly and Bret McDonald…Born Vance Coman McDonald on 6/13/90 in Beaumont, Texas…Resides in Winnie, Texas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PLAYER STATISTICS

RECEIVING STATISTICS…R/PG indicates receptions per game…GM/AVG indicates average yards gained per game.
STATS GP GS NO YARDS AVG TD LONG R/PG GM/AVG
2009 10 01   12     0118 09.83  00    27  1.20      11.80
2010 10 06   28     0396 14.14  08    49  2.80      39.60
2011 12 11   43     0532 12.37  05    49  3.58      44.33
2012 10 10   36     0458 12.72  02    38  3.60      45.80
TOTAL 42 28 119     1504 12.64  15    49  2.83      35.81

 

RUSHING STATISTICS DEFENSIVE STATISTICS
STATS NO YARDS AVG TD LONG TK SO AS FR BK
2009  00        00 00.00  00    00  00  00  00  00  01
2010  03        19 06.33  00    07  02  02  00  00  00
2011  01        13 13.00  00    13  00  00  00  00  00
2012  03        20 06.67  00    11  00  00  00  00  00
TOTAL  07        52 07.43  00    13  02  02  00  00  01

 

 

 

 

McDONALD GAME BY GAME LOG

2012 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Rushing

Receiving

Pts

No

Gain

Loss

Net

TDs

No

Yds

TD

TTL
TDs

UCLA 08/30/12 UCLA 24-49

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

2

26

0

0

0

Kansas 09/08/12 at Kansas 25-24

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

4

72

0

0

0

Louisiana Tech 09/15/12 at Louisiana Tech 37-56

Yes

3

20

0

20

0

4

35

1

1

6

Marshall 09/22/12 Marshall 51-54

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

4

54

0

0

0

Houston 09/29/12 Houston 14-35

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

2

41

0

0

0

Memphis 10/06/12 at Memphis 10-14

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

2

11

0

0

0

UTSA 10/13/12 UTSA 34-14

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

1

10

0

0

0

Tulsa 10/20/12 at Tulsa 24-28

No

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Southern Miss. 10/27/12 Southern Miss. 44-17

No

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Tulane 11/03/12 at Tulane 49-47

No

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

SMU 11/17/12 SMU 36-14

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

7

85

1

1

6

UTEP 11/24/12 at UTEP 33-24

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

9

99

0

0

0

Air Force 12/29/12 Air Force 33-14

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

1

25

0

0

0

Season Totals

3

20

0

20

0

36

458

2

2

12

 

2011 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Rushing

Receiving

Pts

No

Gain

Loss

Net

TDs

No

Yds

TD

TTL
TDs

Texas 09/03/11 at Texas 9-34

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

4

27

0

0

0

Purdue 09/10/11 Purdue 24-22

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

3

21

0

0

0

Baylor 09/24/11 at Baylor 31-56

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

6

59

2

2

12

Southern Miss. 10/01/11 at Southern Miss. 24-48

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

4

47

1

1

6

Memphis 10/08/11 Memphis 28-6

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

3

26

0

0

0

Marshall 10/15/11 at Marshall 20-24

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

3

68

1

1

6

Tulsa 10/22/11 Tulsa 20-38

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

1

16

0

0

0

Houston 10/27/11 at Houston 34-73

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

3

32

0

0

0

UTEP 11/05/11 UTEP 41-37

Yes

1

13

0

13

0

8

157

1

1

6

Northwestern 11/12/11 at Northwestern 6-28

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

1

14

0

0

0

Tulane 11/19/11 Tulane 19-7

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

3

17

0

0

0

SMU 11/26/11 at SMU 24-27

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

4

48

0

0

0

Season Totals

1

13

0

13

0

43

532

5

5

30

 

 

 

2010 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Rushing

Receiving

Pts

Tackles

No

Gain

Loss

Net

TDs

No

Yds

TD

TTL
TDs

Ast

Solo

Asst
Loss

Solo
Loss

Loss
Yds

Texas 09/04/10 Texas 17-34

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

1

4

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

North Texas 09/11/10 at North Texas 32-31

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Northwestern 09/18/10 Northwestern 13-30

No

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Baylor 09/25/10 Baylor 13-30

No

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

SMU 10/02/10 SMU 31-42

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

UTEP 10/09/10 at UTEP 24-44

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

3

33

2

2

12

0

0

0

0

0

Houston 10/16/10 Houston 34-31

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

6

37

1

1

6

0

0

0

0

0

UCF 10/23/10 at UCF 14-41

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

1

27

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Tulsa 11/06/10 at Tulsa 27-64

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

3

69

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Tulane 11/13/10 at Tulane 49-54

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

5

103

3

3

18

0

1

0

0

0

East Carolina 11/20/10 East Carolina 62-38

Yes

1

7

0

7

0

5

88

1

1

6

0

0

0

0

0

UAB 11/27/10 UAB 28-23

Yes

2

12

0

12

0

4

35

1

1

6

0

0

0

0

0

Season Totals

3

19

0

19

0

28

396

8

8

48

0

2

0

0

0

 

2009 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Receiving

Pts

No

Yds

TD

TTL
TDs

UAB 09/05/09 at UAB 24-44

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

Texas Tech 09/12/09 at Texas Tech 10-55

Yes

2

27

0

0

0

Oklahoma St. 09/19/09 at Oklahoma St. 24-41

Yes

6

50

0

0

0

Vanderbilt 09/26/09 Vanderbilt 17-36

Yes

1

1

0

0

0

Tulsa 10/03/09 Tulsa 10-27

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

Navy 10/10/09 Navy 14-63

No

0

0

0

0

0

East Carolina 10/17/09 at East Carolina 13-49

No

0

0

0

0

0

UCF 10/24/09 UCF 7-49

Yes

1

5

0

0

0

SMU 11/07/09 at SMU 28-31

Yes

2

35

0

0

0

Tulane 11/14/09 Tulane 28-20

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

UTEP 11/21/09 UTEP 30-29

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

Houston 11/28/09 at Houston 14-73

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

Season Totals

12

118

0

0

0

 

Data provided by Dave-Te Thomas, Publisher of The NFL Draft Reports for TonySoftli.com; Tony Softli Draft Board