John Vaughn

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John Vaughn
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Vaughn in a 2004 Tiger Walk
Personal information
Born: (1984-06-15) June 15, 1984 (age 35)
Brentwood, Tennessee
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school:Brentwood Academy
(Brentwood, Tennessee)
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at

John Vaughn (born June 15, 1984) is a former American football placekicker. He was signed by the Titans as an undrafted free agent in 2007. He played college football at Auburn.

College career[edit]

In the 2006 season, Vaughn was named the SEC Special Teams Player of the Year and was a Lou Groza Award finalist. His 42-yard Cotton Bowl Classic field goal was his twentieth made out of twenty-four attempts for an 83.3% on the season and made him just the second Auburn kicker ever to complete twenty or more field goals in a single season. Vaughn had new career long field goals in consecutive weekends with a 52-yarder against Washington State and a 55-yarder against Mississippi State. Twice during the season he completed four field goals in a single game — in wins against Washington State and the eventual BCS Champion Florida Gators. He is one of the best kickers in Auburn history.

Vaughn kicks the Cotton Bowl Classic game-winning field goal.

Vaughn holds more Auburn University records than any other kicker. Vaughn finished his Auburn career with 162 extra-point conversions (out of 163 attempts), a school record and third best in SEC history. He also converted 50 field goals for a 72.5% success rate. Vaughn's career total of 312 points made him the Auburn career-scoring leader ahead of Bo Jackson and Carnell Williams, and ranks tied for 12th in SEC history. Vaughn was the leading scorer on the undefeated 2004 SEC Champion team. Vaughn never had a kick blocked in his entire 4 your career at Auburn University. While Vaughn will arguably be remembered for his failed attempts against LSU in 2005 which cost Auburn the game, Vaughn rebounded and only missed 5 kicks the rest of his college career. ESPN College Gameday did special segment on Vaughn to share his story. He is also remembered for a game-winning field goal in 2005 that beat Georgia 31-30 with 0:06 remaining in the game.

In 2008, Vaughn was inducted into The Great American Rivalry High School Football Hall of Fame. Vaughn holds several state records in the TSSAA. His 39 career field goals is a Tennessee State Record and ranks him tied for 4th in national high school football history.

In 2010, John Vaughn was voted as the kicker for the Auburn All Decade team of the 2000s.

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Auburn University's All Time Leading Scorer with 312 points until broken by Wes Byrum in 2010
  • Auburn All Decade team 2000's
  • Lou Groza Award Finalist (Runner Up)
  • SEC Special Teams Player of the Year
  • Pro Football Weekly Honorable Mention All-American
  • Honorable Mention All-American
  • Coaches All-SEC First Team
  • Associated Press All-SEC First Team
  • All-SEC First Team
  • Preseason Coaches Third-Team All-SEC
  • 2006 Hartman Award Winner awarded to the Southeast's most outstanding special teams player
  • 2007 Shug Jordan Award Winner given to Auburn's most outstanding senior football player

Professional career[edit]

First stint with Titans[edit]

Vaughn went undrafted in the 2007 NFL Draft but signed as an undrafted free agent with the Tennessee Titans on April 30, 2007. He was released from the Titans after Tennessee's 3rd Pre-season game

Orlando Predators[edit]

John Vaughn was signed by the Orlando Predators of the AFL in February 2008. One of the most productive newcomers to the Orlando Predators Vaughn beat out Jay Davis to become the Predators starting kicker as a rookie. Hit a 33-yard game-winning field goal against the Columbus Destroyers as time expired.

Second stint with Titans[edit]

Vaughn was re-signed by the Titans on July 31, 2008.

Vaughn handled all kicking responsibilities for the Titans in the 2008 preseason. Going 7-9 on field goals, Vaughn connected on a 33-yard game-winning field goal as time expired to beat the Oakland Raiders.

Vaughn was cut by the Tennessee Titans in the final roster cuts to make place for All-Pro Kicker Rob Bironas, a former Auburn kicker himself.

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