Staked his claim as one of the top tight ends in the country thanks to a productive senior season.
Consensus All C-USA selection at tight and an invitee to the Senior Bowl... Caught 36 passes for 458 yards and two touchdowns despite missing three games late in the season... Ranks sixth all-time with 119 catches (David Houser is fifth with 152), seventh on the Rice career list with 1,504 receiving yards (Doug Cunningham is sixth with 1,522) and tied for fifth with 15 career touchdown receptions (Eric Henley is fourth with 16, James Casey is third with 17 and Houser is second with 18)... Played in the first seven contests then missed three before returning vs. SMU... Caught 16 passes for 184 yards and a touchdown in the last two regular season games... Grabbed a career-high nine vs. UTEP... Five of McDonald's nine catches in that game came on third down conversions, sustaining all three of the Owls touchdown drives including a pair of conversions in each of the Owls two drives of 90 yards or more... 28 of his 36 catches resulted in first downs, including three fourth down conversions. Carried the ball three times on reverses vs. Louisiana Tech for 20 yards, with a long rush of 11...Averaged 7.4 yards on seven career carries... Stepped in to handle punt snapping chores in last two regular season games.
Topped 1,000 career receiving yards with four catches for 48 yards at SMU...Shattered his previous career-bests with a monster effort in the Owls Homecoming win over UTEP... Caught eight passes for 157 yards and a touchdown... TD was the 13th of his career, moving him into a tie for 6th on the Rice career chart... Matched his career-long reception with a 49-yard scoring play at Marshall.... Led the team with a season-high six catches and two TD receptions at Baylor... Held to one catch vs. Tulsa, breaking a streak of 10 games with at least three catches... Has had at least three catches in the last 15 of his last 19 games over the last two seasons... Tied for the team lead with four catches for 25 yards in the opener at Texas.
Named the Owls' top receiver after earning the George R. Brown Award for receivers... Caught five
touchdowns over the final three games to finish with eight, sixth-best season total in school history.... Also caught 14 passes for 223 yards and rushed the ball three times for 19 more the final three games... Became the sixth Owl to catch at least three touchdown passes in the same game when he grabbed three at Tulane... Finished the day with five catches for a career-best 103 yards.... First Owl to top 100 yards in receiving since Toren Dixon vs. Tulane in 2009... Led the team with three catches at Tulsa, including a career long of 49 yards... Matched his career high with six catches against Houston, including the game-winning TD (13 yards from Nick Fanuzzi with less than five minutes left in the game... Caught his first two career touchdown passes at UTEP... Returned to action vs. SMU after missing two games with an injury sustained at North Texas... Made his second career start in the opener against Texas and caught one pass for four yards.
Earned C-USA All Freshman honors after catching 12 pass in his first season... Caught a pair of passes for 35 yards at SMU, including a career-best 27 yarder.... Missed two games due to an injury sustained vs. Tulsa, but returned to action with a catch against UCF... Made his first start vs. Vanderbilt... Caught a career-best six for 50 yards at Oklahoma State... Picked up his first two career receptions at Texas Tech... Made his debut in the opener at UAB and partially blocked a punt on the first series of the season.
East Chambers High School
2008 graduate of East Chambers High School... Three-year letterman for coach Tony Valastro... Earned all-district 24-2A honors as both a tight end and defensive end as a senior... East Chambers won district titles in both his junior and senior year... Also competed in basketball and track... District defensive MVP and second-team, all-district as a senior center... Qualified for regionals in track for three seasons... competed in the long jump, triple jump and anchored East Chambers' sprint relay teams. A member of the National Honor Society and served as Treasurer... Senior class vice president and president of the student council... Ranked fifth in his graduation class.
Full Name: Vance Coman McDonald... Born: June 13, 1990 at Beaumont... Parents: Bret and Beverly McDonald (one brother, one sister)... Father was a linebacker at Texas... Rice major: Kinesiology - - -