LeAndre Vaughn, a product out of Avondale, Ariz. via Agua Fria High School and Glendale Community College will embark on his senior campaign this upcoming season. Last year, Vaughn was fourth on the team in tackles (62). He registered a pair of interceptions aiding in the Lumberjacks' 10 of the season. The safety started 10 of 10 games for NAU, as he was one of the most effective players on the field all season. Vaughn, more of a leader by actions rather than words, has stepped into the leadership role this spring for NAU. He may have only one year of experience at NAU, but his competitiveness speaks for itself.
Last season, you transferred to Northern Arizona as a junior from Glendale CC. What was that transition like?
I feel like coming in the spring was easier and definitely helped me transition smoothly. I was able to learn and understand a lot of things during that time. When fall started it was a little faster pace, so coming in the spring was an advantage.
It was really difficult. I was at my mom's house watching it. Going into the game I felt like we shouldn't have any problem beating the team. The game didn't go how I expected. It was so hard to watch and not be there on the field with my teammates because of an injury. When your team is losing and you know that if you weren't hurt you could help is not a good feeling.
Coach (Cha'pelle) Brown emphasizes communication and I think that's the best thing to do. Just to communicate and make sure our guys are getting to where they need to be on time. On the field communication is a major key to our defense.
What's the best thing about playing football? How did you get started?
I think the best thing about playing football is the people that you meet. You're not going to have a chance like this again. You're not going to meet brothers like this again. I started playing football at a really young age. Our coach kept us together at all times and that's really what made me enjoy football even more.