The league’s poll reflects the opinions of the LSC head coaches and sports information directors, plus various media representatives from throughout the region. It was the first time in school history WT had been selected first in the preseason poll.
WT, which earned a share of the 2012 LSC title with a 7-1 mark and a 12-3 record overall as it reached its first NCAA semifinal, had first place votes on 16 of the 21 ballots to finish with 141 total points. Midwestern State, also earned a share of the LSC title in 2012, was second with 124 points and three first-place votes.
Tarleton State was third in the poll with 99 points and one first-place vote, followed by Texas A&M-Kingsville with 82 points and the remaining first-place nod. Angelo State was fifth with 69 points, followed by Eastern New Mexico (39) and Texas A&M-Commerce was seventh with 34 points.
A native of Corpus Christi, Texas, Vaughan had a record-setting year both on and off the field in 2012. He played and started in all 15 games as the Buffs reached the NCAA Semifinal for the first time in school history with a 12-3 record and a share of the LSC title. He threw for 4,712 yards which was the third-most in school history in a season and tossed 45 touchdowns which were second-most in school history in a season. Vaughan was named Lone Star Conference Offensive Player of the Year and LSC Academic Player of the Year.
In addition, he was named Capital One/CoSIDA Academic Player of the Year for Division II Football and was a Harlon Hill Final Eight selection. Vaughan earned multiple all-America accolades, including second team Daktronics and third team BSN Sports.
Westbrooks, a native of San Leandro, Calif., and Sacramento City CC, had an outstanding first season in a Buffalo uniform as he spearheaded the top pass rush in NCAA Division II as he recorded a school-record 19.5 sacks and 28 tackles for loss. The 6-4, 275-pound defensive lineman was named the Ron Lenz Daktronics Division II National Defensive Player of the Year and Super Region Four Defensive Player of the Year.
He was named Don Hanson All-Super Region Four Defensive Player of the Year and earned first team honors and he was the Lone Star Conference's J.V. Sykes Defensive Player of the Year honors, while totaling 60 total tackles. His 28 tackles for loss were for 139 yards and his 19.5 sacks accumulated 116 yards.
The Buffs open the 2013 season at Western State in Gunnison, Colo., on Sept. 7 at 2 p.m. CT. WT then travels to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Sept. 12 against Chadron State, before opening the home slate on Sept. 21 against Texas A&M-Commerce at 6 p.m. at Kimbrough Memorial Stadium.
RANK TEAM 1ST TOTAL
1. West Texas A&M 16 141
2. Midwestern State 3 124
3. Tarleton State 1 99
4. Texas A&M-Kingsville 1 82
5. Angelo State 69
6. Eastern New Mexico 39
7. Texas A&M-Commerce 34
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