Second Vaughn’s Twitterhe declared for the 2023 NFL Draft on Jan. 2. Vaughn played a key role in the Wildcat offense throughout his K-State career, finishing second in career rushing yards just behind Darren Sproles.
Eight days after Vaughn’s announcement, Treshaun Ward told K-State the state transfer of Florida. The 5-foot-10, 189-pound running back just finished his sophomore season at Florida State with two years left to play.
Ward was a top 25 transfer portal player and a much sought-after recruit after high school. He has received offers from Oregon, Louisville, Maryland and Kentucky. Despite the allure of the big name schools, he chose to stay close to home and make an appearance at Florida State University. Ward rushed 6.6 yards for a carry during his four-year stint with the Seminoles while dealing with injuries.
After entering the portal, Ward heard about schools like Tennessee, Ole Miss, Texas, South Carolina and Kansas. Something about K-State separated them from the others.
“During my visits, they [K-State] He didn’t tell me something just to get me here,” Ward said. “They let me know that I still have to work hard to improve and maybe one day be another NFL coming back from here.”
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The environmental contrast between Kansas and Florida may not be for everyone, but for Ward, it was ideal for his football career.
“I don’t think there’s really a big distraction here,” Ward said. “When you come here, it’s a great opportunity to focus only on the ball.”
While in Portal, Ward said she was looking for a school that would better fit her game. After seeing what the Wildcats accomplished last season under Vaughn, K-State has become his favorite over him.
“As far as running backs go, you know, I’m a kid myself,” Ward said. “After seeing what Deuce did last year, I wanted to get into an offense similar to my game.”
Building relationships with his teammates and coaches and familiarizing himself with the school has been a key focus for Ward since arriving on campus.
“I’m just developing my relationship with the staff, it’s been like these guys are family,” Ward said. “The family is so rooted in K-State. You see it everywhere.
Ward is wearing a sling due to a wrist injury but is getting the rest and recovery he needs to be ready to play next season.