ShareThis Page

Fox Chapel grad Vaughn awarded scholarship at Arizona

| Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, 11:00 p.m.
Fox Chapel grad Carrington Vaughn plays football at Arizona.
Submitted
Fox Chapel grad Carrington Vaughn plays football at Arizona.

The wait is over for Carrington Vaughn.

The 2015 Fox Chapel High School graduate spent his first two years at Arizona as a walk-on. Two weeks ago, he found out he was put on scholarship.

“I was very surprised,” he said. “I was told that Coach (Rich) Rodriguez wanted to see me. I knew I hadn't done anything wrong. Then, he told me he was putting me on scholarship. My first thoughts were that my parents wouldn't have such a great financial burden anymore. It was a great relief.”

Vaughn believed he would receive a scholarship at some point. He just didn't think that it would happen so soon.

“For me, it was just an honor to be part of the team,” he said. “I just kept giving my best and working hard, figuring that when the time came that I deserved a scholarship, I would get it.”

Vaughn, a redshirt sophomore, was 5-foot-11 and 180 poundswhen he played at Fox Chapel. He's 6-0, 200 and much more suited to play at linebacker.

“I've gotten bigger, stronger and faster but, most importantly, I know more about the game mentally,” he said. “I've learned how to be a better linebacker.”

Most of his playing time was on special teams last season. He played in 11 games with eight tackles and a sack. This year, he said, along with special teams, he is included in some linebacker packages.

“I really don't care where I play as long as I play,” Vaugh said. “Arizona took a chance on me, and I want to show the coaches that they made the right choice.”

He's a long way from home, but he still follows the fortunes of the Fox Chapel football team.

“My dad and my old high school friends keep me up to date. They finished strong last year and I hope they keep it up.”

Marty Stewart is a freelance writer.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.