Feb. 7, 2013
Rice tight end Vance McDonald has been invited to attend the NFL Scouting Combine, which will be held at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana from February 23-26.
McDonald and the other tight end prospects will arrive in Indianapolis on February 20 and will kick off the annual talent evaluation gathering as they will work out on the first day of the combine along with the offensive linemen and the kickers. Workouts will be covered by the NFL Network.
Rice will hold its annual Pro Day on Monday, March 18 at Rice Stadium. Workouts at Pro Day are limited to Rice draft eligible players and others who have been requested by NFL Scouts to work out that day. Additional information on Pro Day will be released at a later date.
McDonald was a consensus All C-USA selection after catching 36 passes for 458 yards and two touchdowns despite missing three games late in his senior season. He 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).
He returned from his midseason injury to catch 16 passes for 184 yards and a touchdown in the last two regular season games, including a career-high nine vs. UTEP as the Owls clinched a berth in the Armed Forces Bowl. 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 in the game.