Deuce Vaughn makes modern history again for Kansas State, this time on a national scale.
Kansas State Wildcats running back Deuce Vaughn had a stellar 2021 season. With all regular-season college football in the books, numerous outlets started releasing their All-American team selections. Vaughn is certainly no stranger to the selections, highlighted by being named a First Team All-American by the Associated Press.
Vaughn landed on the first team as an all-purpose player, putting him among elite company. Jordy Nelson was the last Wildcat named to AP’s All-American first team in 2007, while Vaughn is the first underclassman to be selected since 1998.
Vaughn joined Iowa State’s Breece Hall as the only Big 12 players on AP’s All-American first-team offense.
Deuce Vaughn continued his evolution as a dual-threat running back, while remaining the Wildcat’s offensive focal point. Nationally, he is one of only two players with 1,000 rushing yards and 400 receiving yards this season. He is also fifth in the nation with his 144.1 scrimmage yards per game. His ability to run the football is special along with catching it out of the backfield. He is very elusive, but also has the ability to run you over.
Deuce Vaughn remains in the awards hunt, being named one of five finalists for the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award. Awarded to a Texas native, the award recognizes offensive players who contribute both on and off the field, according to the award’s website. The award winner will be announced on Jan. 12, 2022, more than a week after Kansas State’s final game of the 2021 season.
Kansas State, 7-5, takes on LSU, 6-6, in the TaxAct Texas Bowl, which will be played Tuesday, January 4, 2022, inside NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. The game kicks off at 8 p.m., and will be shown nationally on ESPN.