Greg Austin (American football)

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Greg Austin
Current position
TitleOffensive line coach
TeamNebraska
ConferenceBig Ten
Biographical details
Born(1983-11-19)November 19, 1983
Houston, Texas
Playing career
2003–2007Nebraska
Position(s)Offensive lineman
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
2010–2012Oregon (GA)
2013–2015Philadelphia Eagles (assistant OL)
2016–2017UCF (OL)
2018–presentNebraska (OL)

Gregory David Austin Jr. (born November 19, 1983) is an American football coach and former player. He has coached for various collegiate and professional football teams and is currently the offensive line coach at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.[1] He also played offensive guard for the Nebraska Cornhuskers from 2003-2007.[2]

In August 2018, David was nominated as part of ESPN's '40 Under 40.'[3][4][5]

Early life[edit]

Austin was born on November 19, 1983 in Houston, Texas at St. Luke's Hospital to Jacqueline L. Austin and Gregory D. Austin Sr. David attended Cy-Fair High School in Cypress, Texas where he played football and a shot putter for the track and field team was elected homecoming king.[6] While at Cy-Fair, his nickname was "BG," or "Big Greg " due his popularity and leadership qualities among his teammates, peers, coaches and teachers.[7] He eventually committed to a football scholarship at the University of Nebraska upon graduating in 2003. Other prospects included North Texas, Oklahoma State, Rice, SMU and Texas Tech.[8]

College career[edit]

Upon visiting Nebraska's campus in November 2002 and being heavily recruited by head coach Frank Solich, he signed a letter of intent to play for the Huskers in spring of 2003.[9] David earned a spot that fall as a true starter on Solich's offensive line. He was the fifth true freshman in Nebraska's history to ever do so.[10] His offensive teammates that year included Jammal Lord and his roommate Cory Ross. Despite a knee injury that sidelined him in late season, the Cornhuskers went on to win the Alamo Bowl his first year against Michigan State.[11] Austin retained his starting offensive line role throughout his tenure at Nebraska as they reclaimed victory two years later at the Alamo Bowl against Michigan.[12] This time, it was under new head coach Bill Callahan. In his final year, the Huskers, including starting running back and roommate Brandon Jackson, fell in a close game to Auburn in the 2007 Cotton Bowl Classic. He graduated in 2007 from Nebraska with a Bachelors in Business Administration. Other teammates included Titus Adams, Joe Dailey, Sam Koch, Carl Nicks, Ndamukong Suh, Barrett Ruud, Zac Taylor, and Fabian Washington.

Shortly after graduating from Nebraska, under the tutelage of Richard Lapchick and Richard DeVos, David enrolled at the University of Central Florida where he studied under the DeVos Sports Management Program. Austin credited Lapchick and DeVos on matriculating to UCF by saying their societal contributions, "really drew me in, and from there, I knew it was bigger than me." He graduated from UCF in 2009 with dual master's degrees in business sports management.[13]

Coaching career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Austin's coaching career began shortly after graduating from UCF where he also worked as an event manager for Disney's Wide World of Sports. He took an intern graduate assistant coaching position at both Mesabi Range College and later Wayne State University. At both schools, he assisted with the offensive line as an intern coach.

Oregon[edit]

In mid-2010, Austin received an offer to join Chip Kelly's coaching staff as a graduate assistant intern for the University of Oregon. Known by players and coaches alike as "Coach G," David helped coached the offensive line under the guidance of offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich.[14] Although he started as a coaching intern in with Oregon, Austin was later promoted to, and remained, graduate assistant offensive coach the following year. When Austin came on board, the 2010 Ducks where 12-0 (8-0 Pac-10) in regular season play and went on to win the Pac-10 Conference title, the first undefeated and untied regular season in the school's 117-year football history. They went on to play against Heisman winner Cam Newton and the Auburn Tigers for the 2011 BCS National Championship in the Fiesta Bowl, but narrowly lost by a field goal towards the end of regulation. For the next two years, Austin and the Ducks would go on to retain the conference title in 2011, win the 2012 Rose Bowl and 2013 Fiesta Bowl with 12–2 (8–1 Pac-12) and 12–1 (8–1 Pac-12) records, respectively. This accumulates a 36-4 record while Austin was with the Ducks. During an Oregon News interview, Austin said, "winning the Rose Bowl was one of the funnest moments I ever had on the field." [15]

Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

Austin left Oregon with Chip Kelly after the 2012 season to join the Philadelphia Eagles.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gabriel, Parker. "Seven Husker assistants hired; defensive coordinator Chinander to make $800,000", The Lincoln Journal Star, December 6, 2017.
  2. ^ "Greg Austin, Nebraska Cornhuskers, Offensive Guard". 247Sports. Retrieved 2018-08-23.
  3. ^ "Nebraska football: Greg Austin makes ESPN's '40 under 40′". Husker Corner. 2018-08-09. Retrieved 2018-08-23.
  4. ^ "ESPN praises Huskers offensive line coach Greg Austin 40 under 40". Husker247. Retrieved 2018-08-23.
  5. ^ "LOOK: Nebraska OL coach Greg Austin reacts to making ESPN '40 under 40' list". saturdaytradition.com. Retrieved 2018-08-23.
  6. ^ "Official Site of Cy-Fair High School Football". cyfairfootball.com. Retrieved 2018-08-23.
  7. ^ "HuskerOnline.com - High praise from Greg Austins HS coach". 2002-07-17. Retrieved 2018-08-24.
  8. ^ "Greg Austin, 2003 Offensive guard - Rivals.com". n.rivals.com. Retrieved 2018-08-23.
  9. ^ "HuskerOnline.com - Newest Husker Commit Greg Austin in his own words". 2002-07-16. Retrieved 2018-08-23.
  10. ^ "Q&A with DeVos Alum: Greg Austin - DeVos Sport Business Management Program". DeVos Sport Business Management Program. Retrieved 2018-08-23.
  11. ^ "USATODAY.com". usatoday30.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2018-08-23.
  12. ^ "Michigan vs. Nebraska - Game Recap - December 28, 2005 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2018-08-23.
  13. ^ "Q&A with DeVos Alum: Greg Austin - DeVos Sport Business Management Program". DeVos Sport Business Management Program. Retrieved 2018-08-23.
  14. ^ Nick Cody (2012-02-27), Oregon Coach Greg Austin, retrieved 2018-08-23
  15. ^ Nick Cody (2012-02-27), Oregon Coach Greg Austin, retrieved 2018-08-23

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