WTAMU's Vaughan named Fred Jacoby LSC Male Academic Athlete of the Year


West Texas A&M's graduate football offensive lineman Dillon Vaughan continued to add to his academic accolades as he was named the Lone Star Conference Fred Jacoby Male Academic Athlete of the Year, announced Monday by the league office.  He and female honoree Kami Norton of Angelo State earn the prestigious honor.

Vaughan and Norton are the 11th recipients of the award bearing the name of Jacoby, the lone-time LSC commissioner who passed away in March 2008.  The nominees included the Academic Player of the Year in each sport as selected during the year.

Vaughan becomes the second of his name to earn the prestigious honor as his older brother Dustin won the award in back-to-back years in 2013 and 2014.  They are the only siblings to have both earned the award, while Dillon Vaughan becomes the third male and sixth overall WT student-athlete to earn the award.  Basketball standouts Tyler Cooper and Emily Brister won the award in 2008, while Brister repeated in 2009.  Lauren Thedford won in 2011 for volleyball, Dustin Vaughan in 2013 and 2014 and Laura Iwuchukwu, also in 2014, before Dillon Vaughan this season.

The Corpus Christi, Texas, native, Dillon Vaughan, earned Academic Player of the Year honors in football with a flawless 4.0 GPA.  He was named CoSIDA Academic All-America for the second-straight year in 2017, earning second team all-conference honors and was a semifinalist for the prestigious William V. Campbell Trophy and National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award.  He earned the prestigious President's Award from WT, is a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-America honoree (2016 and 2017).

He earned LSC Academic All-Conference honors for three years, while finishing his career playing in 32 games with 19 starts on the offensive line and at tight end.  Vaughan was named to the AFCA Good Works Team in 2016 and 2017, while being named to the NFF Hampshire Honor Society this year.  He is a SAAC member, as well as being a member of SAGE and the Tradition Council Athletics representative, a peer leader, FCA leader and has done numerous volunteer activities.

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