How does a talent like Buccaneers 2020, 3rd round pick Ke’Shawn Vaughn slip onto a team with little notice? Have you ever seen the beauty of the stars in the sky during the day. They are there. It’s just that the brightest star of all, the sun, kind of owns the daylight hours. All the other stars are still out there. You just don’t see them as much. But every now and then…
Music City Mamba
Coming out of Pearl-Cohn High School in Nashville, Tennessee, Vaughn was electric. His senior year was very productive, rushing for 2,646 yards and 45 touchdowns. Also, anchoring the 4 x 100 team in track.
Nicknamed “The Mamba”, a nod to two of his favorite athletes. Former Oregon football player De’Anthony Thomas, now a return specialist with the Baltimore Ravens. As well as Kobe Bryant. NBA legend, and somebody we all lost earlier this year.
After beginning his college career at Illinois, Vaughn would transfer back home to Vanderbilt, and become a star in the SEC. Leading the conference in 2018 with a 7.9 yards per rush average.
A Player With A Purpose
Ke’Shawn Vaughn would opt out of the 2019 NFL draft. Instead choosing to stay at Vanderbilt and continue working on his degree in Sociology. Rushing for back-to-back 1,000 yards seasons in 2018 and 2019. Showing also, the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. Vaughn was just the type of running back the Buccaneers were looking for this past April.
Since hitting the field with the Buccaneers in 2020, the rookie from Nashville has shown flashes of brilliance. Filling in for an injured Ronald Jones, Vaughn and Leonard Fournette were a big part of the rounded offensive success the Buccaneers had in securing a spot in the postseason. Vaughn would average just over eleven yards per rush in the first half on Sunday. finishing the day with 62 yards on 15 carries for an average of 4.1 yards per rush.
The Future Looks Bright
With the Buccaneers having secured their first playoff spot in thirteen years. A place where the NFL stars shine their brightest. The native of Tennessee is finding that he may have yet another home. In the backfield for the Buccaneers.
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