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Bio File on Saints FS Chip Vaughn

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    <span style="">                 <span style="text-decoration: underline;">CHIP VAUGHN</span>                  
            <span style="">Free Safety</span>                 
            <span style="">Wake Forest University Demon Deacons</span>                
            <span style=""> 6:01.3-221</span>                 
            <span style="">Fairfax, Virginia</span>                   
            <span style="">Robinson Secondary High School</span>                [](/assets/images/imported/media/56E53572916045648A944140B29117F3.wma)  
            <span style="">OVERVIEW</span>                

Along with linebacker Aaron Curry, linebacker Stanly Arnoux and cornerback Alphonso Smith, Vaughn was another cornerstone of a defense that dominated in the Atlantic Coast Conference. A great special teams performer earlier in his career, he wrested the starting free safety job as a junior, but many professional scouts feel that Vaughn's speed, size and ability vs. the run is more suited for strong safety at the next level.

Discipline in his game is one of his strongest suits, as it is very rare to see Vaughn's emotions get the better of him on the football field. He has shown excellent timing in competing for the ball in flight, as his fourteen pass deflections in 2007 rank fourth on the school's season-record list. He also has proven to be a capable hitter, as he became just the fourth defensive back in Wake Forest history to lead the team in tackles during a season, producing 105 hits during his junior campaign.

Vaughn was known for his versatility during his career at Robinson Secondary High SchooL. He was an Atlantic Hot 100 selection and rated the 56th-best wide receiver in the country by Thelnsiders.com. As a senior, he caught 12 passes for 180 yards and a touch-down while playing for an offense that featured a strong running attack.

As a defensive back, Vaughn was named first-team All-State, All-District and All-Region. He was rated the 10th-best overall prospect in the state of Virginia and named to the Top 66 squad by VirginiaPreps.com. In his final campaign, he recorded 96 tackles with 24 stops behind the line of scrimmage, two fumble recoveries, a pair of forced fumbles, six pass deflections and two interceptions, returning one pass theft for a touchdown.

Vaughn enrolled at Wake Forest in 2004, spending the season adjusting to playing safety after originally being recruited as a wide receiver. He appeared in all eleven games in 2005, starting in the nickel package vs. East Carolina. He finished his first season with the varsity by delivering 25 tackles (16 solos) with a forced fumble. He a Iso delivered 18 plays for the special teams coverage unit, using his quickness to down seven punts inside the 20-yard line, the best figure of any Division I-A player that campaign.

As a sophomore, Vaughn played mostly behind Josh Gattis at free safety, starting for an injured Gattis vs. Florida State.

He switched from jersey #20 to #9 prior to the season opener, as he registered 41 tackles (33 solos), the 10th-best figure on the team. He deflected two passes, blocked a kick and was in on 14 key plays for the special teams squads, twice stopping punt returners for no gains and two more times that resulted in lost yardage by the opposition.

Vaughn was an All-Atlantic Coast Conference honorable mention in 2007. He started 11-of-13 games at free safety, but suffered a concussion late in the season. He led the team with a career-high 105 tackles (62 solos), making 4.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage. He recovered two fumbles, returning one for a touchdown, as he also picked off a pass and led the Demon Deacons with 14 pass break-ups. He also totaled nine special teams stops, all coming with the punt coverage squad.

As a senior, Vaughn started twelve of the thirteen games he appeared in. The AII-ACC choice ranked third on the team with 87 tackles (59 solos), including 2.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage. He recovered two fumbles and deflected six passes. He also gained 37 yards on a pair of interceptions. He led a young secondary that ranked tied for 12th in the nation, as the Demon Deacons allowed only 172.54 yards passing per game.

CAREER NOTES

Vaughn appeared in 51 games for the Demon Deacons, starting 24 contests, as he made 258 tackles (170 solos) with 8.5 stops for losses of 11 yards and one pressure... Caused one fumble and recovered four others, advancing one 38 yards for a touchdown... Was credited with 22 pass deflections and three interceptions for 37 yards in returns... Made 43 plays on special teams, including ten tackles on the kickoff coverage squad (9 solos), 20 hits on the punt coverage unit (14 solos) that included four stops resulting in no gains, two others for losses totaling 11 yards and a fumble recovery.. .Also downed 12 punts inside the 20-yard line, blocked a potential game-winning field goal and returned a kickoff 9 yards... Became the fourth defensive back in school history to lead the team in tackles (105 in 2007), joining Mark Lancaster (119 in 1977), Ernie Purnsley (123 in 1988) and Lamont Scales (142 in 1989)... Deflected 14 passes in 2007, the fourth-best season total in school history, topped by A.J. Greene (18 in 1987), George Coghill (17 in 1989) and Eric King (15 in 2003).

2008 SEASON

All-Atlantic Coast Conference first-team selection by The NFL Draft Report... Started twelve of thirteen games, as he was suspended for the first half of the season opener due to a violation of team rules... Ranked third on the team with 87 tackles (59 solos) that included 2.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage... Recovered two fumbles and gained 37 yards on three interceptions...Also deflected six passes... Helped the team ranked tied for 1ih in the nation in pass defense, as the Demon Deacons allowed just 172.54 aerial yards per game...Made nine third-down stops on 47 running plays and 16 more vs. the pass... On 58 passes thrown into his area, 37 were caught (64.79%) for 364 yards (9.83 yards per pass completion/6.28 yards per attempt) and one touchdown.

2007 SEASON

AII-ACC honorable mention by the league's coaches and media... Took over free safety chores, seeing action in all fourteen games, coming off the bench vs. North Carolina and Navy... Became the first Demon Deacon defensive back since 1989 to lead the team in tackles, posting 105 hits (62 solos) with 4.5 stops for losses of 8 yards... Recovered two fumbles, returning one 38 yards for a touchdown... His fourteen pass deflections rank fourth on the school's season-record list, as he also had an interception... Made nine plays on special teams, posting eight tackles (5 solos) for the punt coverage unit, twice stopping returners for no gains, as he also downed one punt inside the 20-yard line... Registered 23 stops on third-down plays, including 15 vs. the pass and had 13 fourth-down plays, as nine of his tackles came inside the red zone, including four on goal-line plays... On 70 passes thrown into his area, 35 were completed for 439 yards (12.54 yards per completion/ 6.27 yards per attempt) and two touchdowns... Rerouted receivers on 20 of those throws.

2006 SEASON

All-Atlantic Coast Conference second-team selection (special teams coverage) by The NFL Draft Report...Vaughn changed from jersey #20 that he wore in 2005 to #9 for the 2006 season... Saw action in all fourteen games, starting for an injured Josh Gattis at free safety vs. Florida State... Ranked tenth on the team with 41 tackles (33 solos), including one for a i-yard loss... Deflected two passes, blocked a kick and returned a short kickoff 9 yards... Made 14 plays on special teams, delivering five solo tackles on kickoffs, five more with the punt coverage squad (4 solos), including taking down returners twice for losses of 11 yards and two other times for no gain, while also downing four punts inside the 20-yard line...The opposition completed 12-of-21 pass attempts into his area (57.14%) for 155 yards (12.92 yards per completion/7.38 yards per attempt)... Made stops on 19 running plays, as his opponents totaled 148 yards (7.79 ypc)... Posted six third-down hits, as he had four of his tackles inside the red zone, including one on a goal-line play.

2005 SEASON

Played in all eleven games as a red-shirt freshman, seeing action mostly in the nickel and dime packages... Earned his only start for the season vs. East Carolina... Wearing jersey #20, Vaughn was listed second on the depth chart to Josh Gattis at free safety... Recorded 25 tackles (16 solos) and assisted on a stop behind the line of scrimmage during his first season with the varsity...Also caused a fumble... Appeared in eight contests with the special teams coverage units, making 18 plays, including four tackles (3 solos) on the kickoff team, seven hits (5 solos) with the punt squad, as he also downed four punts inside the 20-yard line...Opponents hit on 9-of-17 passes into his area (52.94%), gaining 131 yards (14.56 yards per completion/ 7.71 yards per attempt)... Made seven of his tackles vs. the run, as the opponent gained 73 yards (10.43 avg) on those carries... Produced seven third-down stops, including six in pass coverage.

2004 SEASON

Originally recruited as a wide receiver, Vaughn spent his first season with the Demon Deacons competing on the scout team... Was moved to free safety, wearing jersey #20.

COMBINE AGILITY TESTS

4.42 in the 40-yard dash... 1.49 10-yard dash...2.57 20-yard dash...4.12 20-yard shuttle...7.03 three-cone drill... 37-inch vertical jump... 10'5" broad jump... Bench pressed 225 pounds 21 times... 31 1.2-inch arm length...9 3/8-inch hands.

CAMPUS AGILITY TESTS

4.46 in the 40-yard dash...1.53 10-yard dash...2.56 20-yard dash...4.18 20-yard shuttle... 11.19 60-yard shuttle...6.92 three-cone drill...35-inch vertical jump... 10'2" broad jump... Bench pressed 225 pounds 21 times.

HIGH SCHOOL

Attended Robinson Secondary (Fairfax, Va.) High School, playing for head coach Mark Bendorf...Atlantic Hot 100 selection and rated the 56th-best wide receiver in the country by Thelnsiders.com... As a senior, he caught 12 passes for 180 yards and a touchdown while playing for an offense that featured a strong running attack.. .As a defensive back, Vaughn was named first-team All-State, All-District and All-Region... Rated the 10th_best overall prospect in the state of Virginia and named to the Top 66 squad by VirginiaPreps.com.. .In his final campaign, he recorded 96 tackles with 24 stops behind the line of scrimmage, two fumble recoveries, a pair of forced fumbles, six pass deflections and two interceptions, returning one pass theft for a touchdown.

PERSONAL

Sociology and Religion major.. .Son of Sharifah and Oscar Vaughn... Born Clarence B. Vaughn on 10/26/85 in Goldsboro, North Carolina... Resides in Fairfax, Virginia.

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