Name: Donte’ Vaughn
School: Notre Dame
Q: What goals did you set and/or accomplish in your final collegiate season?
The goal was national championship. After we couldn’t reach that goal , I set my eyes on helping the team to win 10 or more games and we did.
Q: What would your coaches and teammates say about the type of player you are?
Hardworking / Dedicated player that know how to face adversity when it comes and will always find ways to improve everyday.
Q: When you are studying film, what do you focus on to improve your game?
When studying film , I always look for ways I could use my help to my advantage, so I study my own defense and the other offenses’ formations/WR to read splits in order for me to know my leverage so I can play to my help. Knowing when I have my safety / backer for inside presence. Knowing the WR splits in different formations allow me to cut down the offense playbook by splits/formations which leads to less thinking and more reaction to what I’ve studied.
Q: What separates you from the other pro prospects at your position?
The way I am able to move at my size is RARE.
Q: What is your offseason plan to train and prepare for professional opportunities?
I trained in Tampa,FL with Cliff Brown at Athlete Innovations.
Q: What kind of strengths and abilities will you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?
With my size and ability to move I’ll be fit to play multiple positions, I could play cornerback , safety or if team needs outside backer. At each position, I feel I would be successful. I am a guy that’s going to come to work everyday ready to give his all and improve his game in every way. When there is a day the defense is starting out slow at practice , I’ll be the person to speak up and hold them accountable. Being a graduate of the University of Notre Dame certain traits were instilled in me during my career. I hold myself to a certain standard on and off the field. My coach always said “never mistake activity for achievement”, meaning just because you’re on the practice field or working out don’t mean that you’re getting better. In order to get better you have to have a purpose /work hard . I’ve carried that over into my real life. Anything I do I’m going to go head down 100%.
Q: What is your final pitch to the NFL/CFL or any other pro leagues?
I am a hungry, God-Fearing man that’s overcame every obstacle in my life and is ready to prove to the world my abilities. Any team I land on I will give everything in my body to make sure that no only myself , but those around me get better everyday in order to reach the big goal which is the Super Bowl.