BREAKING: Deuce Vaughn announces plans to enter 2023 NFL Draft

Running back Deuce Vaughn

K-State running back Deuce Vaughn announced that he will enter the 2023 NFL Draft on his Instagram account on Thursday January 2nd. The announcement comes two days after the Wildcats lost to Alabama 45-20 in the Sugar Bowl.

After three years, Vaughn leaves K-State with 3,604 career rushing yards, the second most rushing yards in program history behind Darren Sproles. Vaughn ran for 34 touchdowns and gained 1280 receiving yards with nine receiving touchdowns.

“To the best fans in the country, I can’t thank you enough for the support throughout my journey here at K-State,” Vaughn said in an Instagram post. “The love y’all give to not only myself but this program does not go unnoticed. The impact that you all have had on my life is hard to put into words, all I can say is I am so thankful.” 

Experts consider the running back class for the upcoming draft one of the best in recent memory. The class includes fellow Big 12 running back Bijan Robinson from Texas, Alabama running back Jahmyr Gibbs and Ole Miss and former TCU running back Zach Evans.

Vaughn finished his K-State career running for 133 yards on 22 carries in the Sugar Bowl, including an 88-yard rushing touchdown, the 2nd longest rushing touchdown in Sugar Bowl history.

Editor’s note: Added a photo and caption, and changed the title from “Press Release” to “BREAKING.”