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      WT QB Vaughan a finalist for prestigious award

      The prestigious National Football Foundation 56th Annual Awards Dinner will be streamed live on ESPN3 Tuesday evening beginning at 5:45 p.m. CT from the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City.

      Included in the awards dinner will be the NFF Scholar-Athlete Awards where West Texas A&M senior quarterback Dustin Vaughan is one of just 16 college football student-athletes from all divisions to earn an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship and be a finalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy which will be announced at the dinner and goes to the absolute best scholar-athlete in the nation. The Campbell recipient earns a $25,000 postgraduate scholarship.

      â??To be here on such a huge platform is such an honor and something I am going to remember for the rest of my life,â?? Vaughan said when he and the 16 finalists for the William V. Campbell Trophy met with the media this morning. â??As far of the game of football, I love the platform it gives to make a difference. Iâ??m honored to play the position of quarterback, and the thing Iâ??ll tell you about the position, that all the quarterbacks here will probably agree with, is that itâ??s not really as hard as people make it seem because you have 10 other guys on the field at that time making you look really, really good.â??

      Vaughan, a native of Corpus Christi, Texas, just finished rewriting the school record book and put the finishing touches on a remarkable career at WT. This season, Vaughan set the school and conference record for career passing yards with 13,525 passing yards and 123 touchdown passes. He tallied a school and conference record 5,401 yards this season and a school and LSC record 53 touchdown passes. He was the only quarterback to throw for over 5,000 yards this season in any division.

      Not only has Vaughan excelled on the field leading the Buffs to two straight NCAA playoff appearances and berths in the national semifinals last season and national quarterfinals this season, he also excels in the classroom as he has a 3.86 grade point average in biology and will graduate later this month.

      He is a two-time Lone Star Conference Academic and Offensive Player of the Year, was the Capital One/CoSIDA Division II National Academic Player of the Year last season and was named LSC Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year for 2012-13.

      Vaughan was recently named one of three finalists for the Harlon Hill Trophy which is the Division II equivalent of the Heisman Trophy. He will travel to Florence, Ala., for the Harlon Hill Presentation Dec. 20 prior to the national championship game.

      He is the second consecutive recipient to earn National Football Foundation National Scholar Athlete accolades and the third in school history.