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      Vaughan Named to AFCA All-America Team

      West Texas A&M senior quarterback Dustin Vaughan continues to rack up the postseason accolades as he was named to the 2013 AFCA Division II Coachesâ?? All-America Team announced Wednesday by the American Football Coaches Association.

      This is the second consecutive year WT has had an athlete named to the team as former offensive lineman Manase Foketi earned a spot on the team in 2012. Vaughan is the 10th player from WT to earn the prestigious honor of being named an AFCA All-American.

      The AFCA has selected an All-America team since 1945 and currently selections teams in all five of its divisions. What makes these teams so special is that they are the only ones chosen exclusively by the men who know the players the best â?? the coaches themselves. Furthermore, there is only one team comprised of 11 offensive and defensive positions and three specialists (punter, kicker, returner) and only one athlete from a school can be named to the team.

      Vaughan is one of three players named to the team from the Lone Star Conference. Senior running back Keidrick Jackson from Midwestern State and junior defensive lineman Charlie Tuaau of Texas A&M-Commerce also were named to the team.

      The Corpus Christi, Texas, native, Vaughan, is one of three finalists for the prestigious Harlon Hill Trophy which will be announced Friday evening in Florence, Ala. Vaughan earned National Football Foundation National Scholar-Athlete accolades and was a finalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy. By being named NFF National Scholar-Athlete, he received an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship as he was honored in New York City this past week.

      Vaughan and Bloomsburg University senior running back Franklyn Quiteh are two of the three finalists for the Harlon Hill and both are AFCA All-Americans. Junior quarterback Kevin Rodgers of Henderson State is the other finalist for the Harlon Hill.

      This season, Vaughan completed a spectacular career both on and off the field at West Texas A&M. He is the school and Lone Star Conference all-time leader in passing yards (13,525), total offense (13,608) and touchdowns (123). This season, Vaughan helped lead WT to the NCAA quarterfinals for the second consecutive year and an 11-3 record overall. Vaughan is the only passer in any division to throw for over 5,000 yard this season as he finished with 5,401 yards and 53 touchdown passes â?? both school and conference records. Last season, WT went 12-3 and earned a berth in its first NCAA semifinal in school history.

      Not only has Vaughan excelled on the field, but also in the classroom. He is a two-time Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America selection and was the Division II College Football Academic All-American of the Year in 2012-13. He is a two-time Lone Star Conference Academic Player of the Year and was named LSC Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2012-13.

      Vaughan graduated earlier this month with a degree in biology/pre-med as he carried a 3.86 grade point average.

      2013 AFCA Division II Coachesâ?? All-America Team


      Pos Name Ht. Wt. Cl. School Coach Hometown (High School)

      WR Jeff Janis 6-3 218 Sr. Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.) Jim Collins Tawas City, Mich. (Tawas Area)

      WR John Brown* 5-11 170 Sr. Pittsburg St. (Kan.) Tim Beck Homestead, Fla. (Homestead)

      TE Joe Don Duncan 6-4 270 Sr. Dixie St. (Utah) Scott Brumfield Corona, Calif. (Notre Dame)

      OL Cole Manhart 6-6 300 Jr. Nebreaska-Kearney Darrell Morris Highlands Ranch, Colo. (ThunderRidge)

      OL William Wright 6-3 310 Sr. West Georgia Daryl Dickey Pompano Beach, Fla. (Mountain View)

      C Matt Armstrong 6-3 290 Sr. Grand Valley St. (Mich.) Matt Mitchell Lansing, Mich. (Sexton)

      OL Matthew Reese 6-3 315 Jr. Tuskegee (Ala.) Willie Slater Birmingham, Ala. (Wenonah)

      OL Mike Nelson 6-4 305 Sr. Central Washington John Picha Carnation, Wash. (Mount Si)

      QB Dustin Vaughan 6-5 220 Sr. West Texas A&M Mike Nesbitt Corpus Christi, Texas (Calallen)

      RB Franklyn Quiteh* 5-10 206 Sr. Bloomsburg (Pa.) Paul Darragh Tobyhanna, Pa. (Pocono Mtn. West)

      RB Keidrick Jackson 5-9 210 Sr. Midwestern St. (Texas) Bill Maskill Arlington, Texas (Bowie)


      Pos Name Ht. Wt. Cl. School Coach Hometown (High School)

      DL Jake Metz 6-7 255 Sr. Shippensburg (Pa.) Mark Maciejewski Harleysville, Pa. (Souderton)

      DL Matt Longacre 6-3 240 So. Northwest Missouri St. Adam Dorrel Omaha, Neb. (Millard West)

      DL Jamie Meder 6-2 304 Sr. Ashland (Ohio) Lee Owens Parma, Ohio (Valley Forge)

      DL Darius Allen 6-3 239 Jr. Colorado State-Pueblo John Wristen Pueblo, Colo. (Pueblo East)

      DL Charlie Tuaau 6-5 310 Jr. Texas A&M-Commerce Colby Carthel Wahiawa, Hawaii (Leilehua)

      LB Tavarius Wilson 5-11 235 Sr. North Alabama Bobby Wallace Jackson, Miss. (Forest Hills)

      LB Grant Singer 6-1 215 Jr. Mary (N.D.) Myron Schulz Turtle Lake, N.D. (Turtle Lake-Mercer)

      LB Colby Ring 6-1 225 Sr. Minnesota-Duluth Curt Wiese Baxter, Minn. (Brainerd)

      DB Pierre Desir* 6-2 206 Sr. Lindenwood (Mo.) Patrick Ross St. Charles, Mo. (Francis Howell Central)

      DB Justin Bell 5-10 185 Sr. Ohio Dominican Bill Conley Columbus, Ohio (Groveport Madison)

      DB Jack Moro* 5-11 190 Sr. St. Cloud State (Minn.) Scott Underwood Brookfield, Wis. (Central)


      Pos Name Ht. Wt. Cl. School Coach Hometown (High School)

      P Zach Pulkinen 5-11 200 Sr. Bemidji St. (Minn.) Jeff Tesch Minot, N.D. (Minot)

      PK Steve Wakefield 5-11 175 Sr. Mercyhurst (Pa.) Marty Schaetzle Rochester, N.Y. (Greece Athena)

      AP Rondell White 5-9 180 Sr. West Chester (Pa.) Bill Zwaan West Chester, Pa. (Rustin)

      *-2012 AFCA All-American