01/22/2013 - 2013 SENIOR BOWL, TUESDAY RISER: TE Vance McDonald, Rice (South Team)...With Travis Kelce pulling out of the Senior Bowl due to injury, the distinction of top tight end in Mobile is wide open, but Vance McDonald is making a strong case for the spot. He looks the part with broad shoulders, long arms (34.5") and big hands (10") to extend and pluck the ball out of the air. McDonald also looked aggressive during blocking drills, staying balanced through contact and flashing a finishing attitude. He did have some drops on Tuesday when trying to run before securing the grab, but for the most part, McDonald has been impressive this week and is making a strong case to be a top-100 pick in April. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/21/2013 - 2013 Senior Bowl, Monday Practice: It was Rice's Vance McDonald who actually showed the most intriguing blend of size and athleticism. The 6-4, 262 pounder dropped an easy pass over the middle midway through practice but otherwise caught the ball cleanly and showed impressive fluidity for his size. McDonald, NFLDraftScout.com's No. 12 ranked tight end, could be a diamond in the rough to watch if he can build upon a solid first day. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
12/29/2012 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: CB Phillip Gaines and WR/TE Vance McDonald, both seniors, are first team All-Conference USA selections. Kicker Chris Boswell was named to the second team. Rice had 11 players receive honorable mention. Since returning from an injury, McDonald has caught 16 balls for 184 yards, both game highs, in wins over SMU and UTEP. - The Sports Xchange
12/13/2012 - 2012 ALL-CONFERENCE USA FIRST TEAM (COACHES): TE-Vance McDonald, Sr., Rice, has been selected First Team All-Conference USA (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. McDonald has caught 35 passes for 433 yards and a pair of touchdowns despite missing three games near the end of the season with an injury. He made an emphatic return to the lineup in the Owls last two games, sparking Rice to the final two wins of a four-game winning streak to close the year and earn the Owls a berth in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl vs. Air Force. McDonald caught 16 passes for 184 yards and a touchdown, including a career-high nine in the season finale vs. UTEP. - Rice football
11/25/2012 - WR Vance McDonald caught a season-high nine passes in the win over UTEP. The senior moved past Doug Cunningham (1975-78) into sixth place on the Rice career receptions list with 119 and past Melvin Robinson (1981-84) for seventh on the career receiving yards list with 1,410.
11/21/2012 - Rice tight end Vance McDonald was invited Wednesday to represent the Owls at the Senior Bowl. McDonald is the first Owl to be invited to the game, which showcases the nation's top seniors, since defensive end ND Kalu was the defensive Most Valuable Player in 1996. "I'm so honored to be mentioned with the other players that will be there," McDonald said. "It's truly an honor."
McDonald is eighth all-time in school history with 109 receptions and tied for fifth with 15 touchdowns. He missed three games this season with a foot injury but returned last week and had seven receptions for 85 yards and a touchdown against SMU. The 2013 Senior Bowl will be played Jan. 26 in Mobile, Ala. There have been 16 Rice players invited to play in the Senior Bowl, among them Tommy Kramer, Trevor Cobb, Earl Cooper and Bert Emanuel. - Joseph Duarte, The Houston Chronicle
09/07/2012 - WR Vance McDonald is working his way up several career record lists at Rice in his senior season. McDonald's 13 career touchdown receptions are tied for sixth-best in school history with Froggy Williams (who played from 1946-49) and Buddy Dial (1956-58). McDonald needs just six TD catches this year to move past David Houser into second on the career list. Jarett Dillard, who holds the NCAA career record with 60 touchdown receptions, played for the Owls from 2005-2008. - The Sports Xchange