"We've come a long ways in the offseason and through the time we've been practicing this year," said the 6-foot-1, 215-pounder, who plays a hybrid outside linebacker/defensive end position on defense and tight end on offense. "Our most valuable players on both sides of the football are back and we're doing really well."
In 2009, the Bears went 8-4 and advanced to the second round of the playoffs before getting eliminated by West St. John. Two of Block's losses came to Ferriday and Bastrop and those foes are on the schedule again this season.
"Ferriday is a big game, a rivalry game," said Vault. "It will be a big-time battle. They have Devante Scott (Mississippi State commit), who is a good athlete. He's the best player on their team. I went to Alabama camp with him and we talked the other day.
"I heard that Bastrop has a new offensive coordinator and that they'll be passing the ball more, so I'm going to see if I can play more defensive end and rush the quarterback in that game. I have to have a big game against Bastrop."
Vault doesn't have any offers yet, but he's receiving significant interest from Louisiana Tech, Louisiana-Lafayette, and Grambling.
"Tech's giving me strong interest," he said. "I would love to play for them. Their coaches are cool. They said that they're going to come watch me in a few games this year and that they want my highlight tape - then we'll talk after that (about an offer).
"I'm getting mad interest from Grambling. Their recruiter, Bob Leahy, sends me handwritten letters every week. I went to camp at UL and they're waiting on my highlight tape, like Tech. They said for me to call them after I get my tape in and then we'll go from there."
Vault, who notched 78 tackles with 18 sacks last year, bench presses 300 pounds, squats 540, and cleans 235.