Nov. 21, 2012
Rice senior tight end Vance McDonald has been invited to participate in the 2013 Senior Bowl, which will be held on January 26th in Mobile, Alabama. McDonald received his invitation on Wednesday while he and his Rice Owls teammates were continuing to prepare for this Saturday's season finale at UTEP.
The Senior Bowl is the nation's most unique football game and football's premier pre-draft event, annually featuring the country's best senior collegiate football stars and top NFL draft prospects on teams representing the North and South which are coached by the entire coaching staffs from two National Football League teams. Senior Bowl practices are also attended by over 800 general managers, head coaches, assistant coaches, scouts and other front office personnel from the 32 National Football League teams.
Despite missing three games because of an injury, McDonald has 26 catches for 334 yards and two touchdowns in eight games.
He returned to action vs. SMU and caught a game-high 7 passes for 85 yards and the go-ahead touchdown. He enters his final regular season contest with 109 career catches and 1, 389 receiving yards, both ranking eighth in school history. He has 15 career touchdown receptions, which is tied with Kenneth Roy for fifth in school history.
McDonald is the 16th Owl to be selected to participate in the Senior Bowl and the first since ND Kalu, who was named the Defensive MVP of the 1996 game. Among the other Owls to have participated in the senior bowl are Tommy Kramer, who was the 1976 MVP and will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in December, Doak Walker winner Trevor Cobb, Earl Cooper and Bert Emanuel.
Rice (5-6, 3-4) takes on UTEP (3-8/2-5) at 6:00 pm (CT) on Saturday at the Sun Bowl in El Paso. With a win, the Owls will reach bowl eligibility for the third time in the last seven years. The game will be broadcast nationally by Fox College Sports.