CFB Player Profile: WR Tyler Vaughns, USC

WR Tyler Vaughns, USC

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HOMETOWN (HIGH SCHOOL): Fort Worth, TX (South Hills)
247 RATING: .9442
YEAR: Senior

Receiving: 146 catches, 2,512  yards (17.2 ypc), 20 touchdowns

Receiving: 53 catches, 903  yards (17.0 ypc), 8 touchdowns


Tyler Vaughns Breakdown

Tyler Vaughns’ success shouldn’t come as a surprise, especially not to those closest to him. His drive comes from when he was young, and family trips to the beach instilled a work ethic and attention to detail that can’t be replaced.

Vaughns and his brothers would take trips to the beach growing up with their father, only they never spent time in the water. They ran hundreds of routes every time, switching up the routes but never the routine. So when Graham Harrell came to USC as the offensive coordinator, Vaughns was prepared for the change. Now he gets a chance to shine in the spotlight he’s shared for his entire career.

USC brings back a ton of talent at receiver in 2020, but it could be the year that Vaughns is the feature. With more opportunities will most likely mean more ridiculous catches. If you need someone to make a catch outside of their frame, it’s him. Good length and an ability to bend into weird positions help him make difficult catches, and he displays great spatial awareness especially near the sideline. Given that he doesn’t frequently create separation, giving himself that added advantage of a wide catch radius helps him make the catch.

Another offseason will give Vaughns time to get faster and work more on his routes. He’s a long strider right now, but not necessarily the fastest. Running past his man doesn’t happen often, but he has that aforementioned athleticism that helps him win on routes. Once the pass is within his range, it’s tough for any defender to knock it out unless they have better position than him. Even that might not be enough with his strong hands. Tyler Vaughns has his sights set on the NFL, and  also on eclipsing 1,000 yards receiving for the first time in his career. He might be in a loaded offense, but he has the skillset to be the most valuable. 

Joe Broback
Joe Broback

Joe Broback is a college football contributor for Sports and Fitness Digest.

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