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Brentwood, Tenn.--With Damon Duval graduated, Auburn has an opening for a new field goal kicker.

John Vaughn, who signed with the Tigers on Wednesday, will be battling Philip Yost for that job when two-a-days start in August. Although it is difficult to project how a high school kicker will make the adjustment from using a tee in high school to kicking off the ground in college, you have to like Vaughn's resume.

As a senior, he made seven of nine field goal tries and for his career he connected on 39-44. That is an all-time record for kicks made in Tennessee high school football history. With Damon Duval graduated, the starting job is open and Vaughn will be competing with Yost for the field goal, extra point and kickoff duties.

Vaughn, who has never missed a kick of under 39 yards in a game, was also recruited by Ole Miss, Florida, Vandy, Kentucky, Tennessee and Middle Tennessee State University. He has range to 50 yards.

The kicker is expected to join a pair of teammates, Kody Bliss and King Dunlap Jr., at Auburn. Two former Brentwood standouts are currently playing for the Tigers--linebacker Jake Slaughter and offensive lineman Taylor Bourgeois.


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