Vaughn, Stephens sign free agent deals

By School reports

OXFORD – Two more former Ole Miss Rebels have inked NFL free-agent deals, as cornerback Cassius Vaughn has signed with the Denver Broncos and defensive end Emmanuel Stephens has signed with the Atlanta Falcons.

It raises the number to 12 members of the 2009 Ole Miss football squad headed to the National Football League.

A starter the past two seasons, Vaughn played in every game of his four years in the Red and Blue. The Memphis native totaled 152 tackles and five interceptions over his career.

As a senior, Vaughn tied for seventh in the SEC with 13 passes defensed and topped Ole Miss in pass break-ups (11) and interceptions (2). He also keyed an Ole Miss defense that rose to 11th in the nation in pass efficiency defense and 15th in pass defense.

A two-year Rebel after transferring from junior college, Stephens tied for 11th in the SEC in sacks with 5.5 in 2009. He also ranked second on the team in QB pressures with eight and finished with 22 tackles, including 7.5 tackles for loss.

With the Ole Miss line shorthanded due to injury, Stephens stepped in to notch five TFLs and four sacks over the final three SEC games. The Houston, Tex., native saw action in every game of his two seasons and started twice.