Dec 30, 2020 8:14 PM

K-State’s Vaughn Named True Freshman of the Year by 247Sports

Posted Dec 30, 2020 8:14 PM

Via K-State Athletics, Ryan Lackey

MANHATTAN, Kan. – One of the top young players in the nation, Kansas State running back Deuce Vaughn has been named the True Freshman of the Year by 247Sports and to the organization’s True Freshman All-America team, the outlet announced Wednesday.

This year marks the sixth season that 247Sports has named a True Freshman of the Year. Previous winners include LSU cornerback Derek Stingley (2019), Purdue wide receiver Rondale Moore (2018), Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor (2017), Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver (2016) and Alabama wide receiver Calvin Ridley (2015).

In 10 games this season, Vaughn collected 1,221 all-purpose yards, including a K-State freshman record 642 rushing yards, and he totaled nine touchdowns. The Round Rock, Texas, native also tallied a team-leading 434 receiving yards as he ended the regular season as one of two players in the nation to record at least 600 rushing yards and 400 receiving yards (Clemson’s Travis Etienne).

Vaughn, who is also one of seven semifinalists for the Shaun Alexander-FWAA Freshman of the Year award, was named the Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year by the league’s coaches and a Second Team All-Big 12 performer by both the coaches and the Associated Press. Last week, Vaughn was named an Honorable Mention All-American by Pro Football Focus and a Freshman All-American by The Athletic.