Senior on Track to Break Auburn Record

A report on the Auburn football Tigers features comments from senior John Vaughn.

Auburn, Ala.--As the Tigers approach the halfway point of the 2006 football season, senior John Vaughn is one field goal or two extra points away from becoming the leading kick scorer in Auburn football history.

Vaughn goes into Saturday's game with 259 points, one behind the record set by Damon Duval from 1999-2002. He is on pace this season to break the all-time record of 276 points set by Carnell Williams from 2001-2004.

"It is a pretty cool honor," Vaughn says of the chance to be Auburn's top scorer. "There have been some great players here. It is a testament to the great coaching that has been going on here because I have kicked a lot of extra points. We have had some great offenses. It is really humbling."

So far this season Vaughn has made 8-10 field goals and is perfect on PAT kicks. "I feel good about it," he says of his senior season. "We shoot for 80 percent and are right on it now, but I would like to be at 90 percent or 100 percent so I have to keep going. You can always get better. I want to keep working hard and try to hit some big ones for us."

Vaughn, who is 4-4 on field goals of 50 yards or longer this season, is kicking the ball with more authority than ever. Prior to this season, the Auburn coaches had only allowed him to try one field goal from 50-yards or longer and he didn't make that.

Kody Bliss, Vaughn's teammate since high school, as well as kickoff specialist Matt Clark are all kicking the ball with more power this year.

John Vaughn prepares to make a kick in Auburn's 34-0 victory at Mississippi State.

"I think we are kicking it the best we have since I have been here," Vaughn notes. "Kody is absolutely bombing the ball. Clark is doing just a ridiculous job. He is putting almost every kick in the back of the end zone. I think that is just a great weapon. Those guys have worked really hard and we have worked hard as a unit. With all of us being seniors, I think that has really paid off."

Special teams coach Eddie Gran says he has been pleased with the overall play of the special teams and the kickers in particular. Vaughn says there is a reason for the group's success.

"We have always worked hard in the offseason, but this offseason we really, really hit it," the kicker notes. "A lot of stuff just clicked, too. We are on a roll now and we are going to try to keep it going.

"Kody is really rocking it now," Vaughn says. "His hang time is really good, too, which is really the big thing. We just need to keep getting down there to cover it because he is going to boom it."

Vaughn's Tigers are 5-0 going into Saturday's home game vs. Arkansas. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. and the game will be nationally televised from Jordan-Hare Stadium on CBS.

"I think we are developing," Vaughn says of his Tigers, who are ranked second and third nationally in the major polls this week. "You have a target when you are on top so we have to be ready for every game. The thing about the SEC is that every week is an emotional battle. You have got to be ready to go. You can't take a week off. I think we are right where we need to be. We are going to be ready to play this week. We are all focused on Arkansas."

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