Tavon Austin

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Tavon Austin
Tavon2013-8-15.jpg
Austin in Rams training camp
No. 11     St. Louis Rams
Wide receiver / Return specialist / Running back
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 2, 2014
Receptions43
Receiving yards452
Rushing attempts14
Rushing yards177
Total return yards701
Total TDs4
Stats at NFL.com
 
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Tavon Austin
Tavon2013-8-15.jpg
Austin in Rams training camp
No. 11     St. Louis Rams
Wide receiver / Return specialist / Running back
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 2, 2014
Receptions43
Receiving yards452
Rushing attempts14
Rushing yards177
Total return yards701
Total TDs4
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 Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Baltimore, Maryland. He played football and ran track. In football, he played running back and had 2,660 yards rushing on 218 carries and scored 34 touchdowns as a senior. In track, he competed as a sprinter and jumper. He ran a career-best time of 15.47 seconds in the 100 meters at the 2009 1A North Region Meet.[3]

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.[4] 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.[5] During the Mountaineers 70-33 win in the 2012 Orange Bowl, he set an Orange Bowl record with four touchdown receptions.[6] He was the 2012 All-Purpose Performer of the Year as announced by the College Football Performance Awards association.[7]

College Statistics[edit]

Receiving[edit]

Regular and postseason

Tavon Austin WVU Receiving Stats
SeasonGamesRec.YardsAvg.TD
Total522883,41311.929

[8]

Rushing[edit]

Regular and postseason

Tavon Austin WVU Rushing Stats
SeasonCarriesYardsAvg.TD
20096477.81
20101616110.11
20111618211.41
2012726438.93
Total11010339.46

Returns[edit]

Regular and postseason

Tavon Austin WVU Return Stats
SeasonPunt Ret.PR YardsPR TDKick Ret.KR YardsKR TD
2009000174261
2010000122300
2011192680369382
2012151651328131
Total3443319724074

Professional career[edit]

2013 NFL Combine[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
HtWtArm lengthHand size40-yd dash10-yd split20-yd split20-ss3-coneVertBroadBP
5 ft 8 in174 lb30 in9 1/8 in4.34 s1.50 s2.49 s4.01 s32 in10 ft 0 in14 reps
All values from NFL combine[9]

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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