Tavon Austin

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Tavon Austin
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Austin in Rams training camp
No. 11     St. Louis Rams
Wide receiver / Return Specialist
Personal information
Date of birth: (1991-03-15) March 15, 1991 (age 23)
Place of birth: Baltimore, Maryland
Height: 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) Weight: 176 lb (80 kg)
Career information
High school: Baltimore (MD) Dunbar
College: West Virginia
NFL Draft: 2013 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8
Debuted in 2013 for the St. Louis Rams
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 14, 2014
Receptions 66
Receiving yards 618
Rushing attempts 39
Rushing yards 341
Total return yards 1,029
Total TDs 9
Stats at NFL.com

Tavon Wesley Austin (born March 15, 1991) is an American football running back, wide receiver and return specialist for the St. Louis Rams of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for West Virginia University and received All-American honors twice. He was widely considered one of the top NFL Draft prospects at his position, and was drafted with the 8th overall pick of the 2013 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams.[1][2]

Early years[edit]

Austin attended Dunbar High School in Baltimore, Maryland, where he played football, basketball and ran track. In football, he played running back, leading Dunbar High to three consecutive Class 1A state titles. As a senior, he had 2,660 yards rushing on 218 carries with 34 touchdowns, while also returning 12 punts for 446 yards and two scores. He was a Two-time Maryland Consensus Offensive Player of the Year and Consensus first team All-state. He set state records for career points (790), touchdowns (123), total offensive yards (9,258) and rushing yards (7,962). In track & field, Austin competed as a sprinter and jumper. He ran a career-best time of 11.43 seconds in the 100 meters at the 2009 1A North Region Meet.[3] He was also a member of the Dunbar 400m relay squad.[4]

College career[edit]

Austin enrolled in West Virginia University, where he played for the West Virginia Mountaineers football team from 2009 to 2012. He was converted into a wide receiver as a freshman in 2009.[5] During his freshman season he had 15 receptions for 151 yards with a touchdown and also rushed for 47 yards on six carries with a touchdown and scored a touchdown on a kick return. As a sophomore in 2010 he had 58 receptions for 787 yards and a team leading eight touchdowns. He also had 15 rushing attempts for 159 yards and a touchdown.

As a junior in 2011 Austin had 100 receptions for 1,180 yards and eight touchdowns. He added 189 rushing yards on 18 carries and another touchdown. He also returned two kicks for touchdowns. He was named a first team All-American by CBS.[6] During the Mountaineers 70-33 win in the 2012 Orange Bowl, he set an Orange Bowl record with four touchdown receptions.[7] He was the 2012 All-Purpose Performer of the Year as announced by the College Football Performance Awards association.[8]

College Statistics[edit]

Receiving[edit]

Regular and postseason

Tavon Austin WVU Receiving Stats
Season Games Rec. Yards Avg. TD
Total 52 288 3,413 11.9 29

[9]

Rushing[edit]

Regular and postseason

Tavon Austin WVU Rushing Stats
Season Carries Yards Avg. TD
2009 6 47 7.8 1
2010 16 161 10.1 1
2011 16 182 11.4 1
2012 72 643 8.9 3
Total 110 1033 9.4 6

Returns[edit]

Regular and postseason

Tavon Austin WVU Return Stats
Season Punt Ret. PR Yards PR TD Kick Ret. KR Yards KR TD
2009 0 0 0 17 426 1
2010 0 0 0 12 230 0
2011 19 268 0 36 938 2
2012 15 165 1 32 813 1
Total 34 433 1 97 2407 4

Professional career[edit]

2013 NFL Combine[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
5 ft 8 in 174 lb 30 in 9 1/8 in 4.34 s 1.50 s 2.49 s 4.01 s 32 in 10 ft 0 in 14 reps
All values from NFL combine[10]

2013 NFL Draft[edit]

Austin was selected by the St. Louis Rams with the 8th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. The Rams traded up from pick 16 with the Buffalo Bills in order to select Austin. The Rams also selected former West Virginia wide receiver Stedman Bailey later in the third round of the draft, reuniting the teammates in the NFL.

St. Louis Rams (2013-present)[edit]

2013: Rookie Year[edit]

On June 13, 2013, Austin signed a 4-year, $12.751 million contract. The deal included a $7.653 million signing bonus. During his first year in the NFL, Austin played 13 games with 151 rushing yards, 418 receiving yards, and 678 return yards on 51 combined return opportunities during kick and punt returns.

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