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Vance McDonald: Video Highlights for Former Rice TE

Chris TrapassoAnalyst IDecember 1, 2016

Vance McDonald: Video Highlights for Former Rice TE

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    Vance McDonald was a versatile tight end during his time with the Rice Owls, often catching screens from the slot as well as being used as a lead blocker on outside pitches. 

    He caught 43 passes in 2011 and 36 in 2012. At 6'4'' and 267 pounds, he ran a 4.69 40-yard dash at the combine (per NFL.com). 

    Here are some of the top plays from Vance McDonald's collegiate career.   

Block vs. Louisiana Tech, 2012

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    This wasn't a flashy play from McDonald, but it's one NFL coaches will like. 

    On an off-tackle run to the left, the bulky tight end found a defender at the second level—albeit a small cornerback—and drove him out of bounds, blocking through the whistle. 

Touchdown vs. Louisiana Tech, 2012

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    McDonald often moves like a wide receiver and he certainly showed his route-running ability on this touchdown catch. 

    He executed a nasty jerk route to the outside before coming open over the middle. 

Touchdown vs. Baylor, 2011

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    There wasn't much to this play, and it may have been more of a blown coverage than anything, but McDonald's acceleration and fluidity in and out of his breaks were noticeable. 

YAC on Screen vs. Baylor, 2011

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    On this play, McDonald showed off his abilities as a YAC slot receiver. 

    Upon catching the quick screen, he made a move to the sideline, then cut back inside to evade a Baylor defender. 

    He then dragged his would-be tackler a few yards to pick up the first down. 

    A nice display of his receiver-like lateral agility and power. 

Game-Winning Touchdown vs. Houston, 2011

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    McDonald executed the flag route from the slot often during his time at Rice and, usually, it got him open. 

    On this play, he was found for a game-winning touchdown against Houston, convincingly beating the defensive back to the corner of the end zone. 

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