Deuce Vaughn drafted to Dallas Cowboys

Junior running back Deuce Vaughn battles a TCU defender to score a touchdown. K-State beat TCU 31-28 in overtime to win the Big 12 Championship at AT&T Stadium on December 3, 2022. (Archive photo by Macey Franko | Collegian Media Group)

Editor’s note: In the original online article, we had Vaughn’s height at 5-foot-5. This has now been corrected to 5-foot-6.

Kansas State football running back Deuce Vaughn was drafted with the 212th pick of the NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys. He marks the fourth Wildcat to be drafted by his hometown team.

Deuce Vaughn, 21, had a remarkable career at K-State before declaring for the draft as a junior.  The 5-foot-6 all-purpose back became a consensus All-American for a second-straight season in 2022. He was one of just two repeat consensus All-Americans on the 2022 list with  Alabama’s Will Anderson who was drafted third overall to the Houston Texans. 

Vaughn leaves K-State with the school record for receptions and receiving yards by a running back. He also ranks second in career rushing yards and became the third player in school history with multiple 1,000-yard rushing seasons.

Vaughn has drawn comparisons to K-State’s leading rusher Darren Sproles who is ranked 5th in career all-purpose yards in NFL history. Each running back owns a small stature but makes up for it in play-making ability. 

Vaughn joins defensive end Felix Anduike-Uzomah, cornerback Julius Brents and defensive back Josh Hayes in the Wildcats’ 2023 draft class. K-State has at least four players selected for the first time since 2003.