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Tavon Austin
WR #11
Height:
5-8
Weight:
176
Age:
25
College:
West Virginia
Hometown:
Baltimore, MD
Experience:
4

Quick Stats (2015):

REC
52
YDS
473
AVG
9.1
TDS
5
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesReceivingRushingFumbles
GGSRecYdsAvgLongTDAttYdsAvgLngTDFUMLost
TOTAL 123 1,133 9.2 81 9 97 809 8.3 65 7 12 3
2015 STL 16 15 52 473 9.1 66T 5 52 434 8.3 60 4 3 2
2014 STL 15 8 31 242 7.8 28 0 36 224 6.2 19 2 5 0
2013 STL 13 3 40 418 10.5 81T 4 9 151 16.8 65T 1 4 1
Recent Games
WKOppResultReceivingRushingFumbles
RecYdsAvgLngTDAttYdsAvgLngTDFUMLost
1 SEA W 34-31 2 -2 -1 7 0 4 17 4.3 16 1 1 0
2 @WAS L 10-24 1 6 6 6 0 4 40 10 16 0 -- --
3 PIT L 6-12 5 38 7.6 12 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
4 @ARI W 24-22 6 96 16 47 2 2 20 10 12 0 -- --
5 @GB L 10-24 2 6 3 5 1 3 22 7.3 15 0 -- --
7 CLE W 24-6 4 43 10.8 20 0 1 21 21 21 0 -- --
8 SF W 27-6 4 98 24.5 66 1 3 21 7 13 1 1 1
9 @MIN L 18-21 4 15 3.8 10 0 8 66 8.3 22 0 -- --
10 CHI L 13-37 2 5 2.5 4 0 3 18 6 12 0 -- --
11 @BAL L 13-16 1 5 5 5 0 1 16 16 16 0 1 1
12 @CIN L 7-31 6 33 5.5 12 0 4 63 15.8 60 1 -- --
13 ARI L 3-27 1 24 24 24 0 2 14 7 12 0 -- --
14 DET W 21-14 3 19 6.3 14 0 4 40 10 20 0 -- --
15 TB W 31-23 3 41 13.7 17 1 4 32 8 21 1 -- --
16 @SEA W 23-17 3 16 5.3 16 0 3 12 4 8 0 -- --
17 @SF L 16-19 5 30 6 10 0 6 32 5.3 13 0 -- --

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Biography

TRANSACTIONS: Selected No. 8 overall in the 2013 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams (4/25/13).

PRO: Has played in 28 games with 11 starts for the Rams...has been awarded NFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors two times...at Washington (12/7/14) for his 143 punt return yards, including a 78-yard punt return touchdown...at Indianapolis (11/10/13) when he notched a 98-yard punt return for a touchdown..his 145 punt return yards were the second-most in a single game in franchise history...became first player in NFL history with a 95-plus yard punt-return touchdown and two 55-plus yard receiving touchdowns in the same game...the Rams executed a trade with the Buffalo Bills in which the team gave up their 16th, 46th, 78th and 222nd picks to get Austin at No. 8...he became the ninth wide receiver drafted by the Rams in the first round and the first taken in the opening round since Torry Holt was selected No. 6 overall in the 1999 NFL Draft.

2014 SEASON: Caught 31 passes for 242 yards, carried the ball 36 times for 224 yards and two touchdowns, also returned 35 punts for 391 yards and one touchdown for a net total of 877 yards and three total touchdowns in 2014...at San Diego (11/23): Started at wide receiver...also saw action at running back and punt returner...ran the ball three times for 27 yards and one touchdown...notched three receptions for 11 yards...returned two punts for 44 yards... at Washington (12/7): Started at wide receiver, also saw action at punt returner... finished the day with 203 combined net yards (receiving yards-14, rushing yards- 46, return yards-143) including a 78-yard punt return for a touchdown...marked the second punt returned for a touchdown of his career...earned NFC Special Teams

Player of the Week honors...vs. New York Giants (12/21): Saw action at wide receiver and punt returner...hauled in one pass for 15 yards...finished the day with 25 yards on three carries...returned three punts for 61 yards including a long of 41 yards...

2013 SEASON: Finished the season with 40 catches in 13 games and six total touchdowns (four receiving, one rushing and one via punt return)...became the first player in NFL history with a 95-yard punt return for touchdown, 80-yard touchdown reception and 65-yard rushing score in the same season...his 98-yard punt return at Indianapolis is tied for the third longest punt return of all-time in the NFL...marks the second longest punt return in franchise history, behind Robert Bailey’s 103-yard return at New Orleans (10/23/94)...named NFC Special Teams Player of the month for November...at Atlanta (9/15): Earned his first NFL start... registered his first NFL touchdown on a 6-yard pass from QB Sam Bradford, and added a second touchdown reception on a 10-yard grab...finished the game with six receptions for 47 yards...at Indianapolis (11/10): Notched a 98-yard punt return for a touchdown..his 145 punt return yards were the second-most in a single game in franchise history...recorded a second score on a 57-yard reception from QB Kellen Clemens...tallied his third score of the day on a career-long 81-yard touchdown reception from Clemens...finished the game with 314 all-purpose yards (145 punt return, 138 receiving, 27 kickoff return and four yards rushing), the second-best single- game performance in team history...first player in NFL history with a 95-plus yard punt-return touchdown and two 55-plus yard receiving touchdowns in the same game...joined Pro Football Hall of Famer Gale Sayers (December 12, 1965) and Randy Moss (November 26, 1998) as the only players age 22 or younger with three 50-plus yard touchdowns in the same game...finished the game with 142 scrimmage yards (138 receiving, four rushing) and 145 punt-return yards, joined by Steve Smith as the only players in NFL history with at least 140 scrimmage yards and 140 punt-return yards in the same game...earned NFC Special Teams Player of the Week and NFL Rookie of the Week honors...vs. Chicago (11/24): Rushed 65 yards for a touchdown, the first rushing touchdown of his career..marks the Rams’ longest rush since Marshall Faulk had a 70-yard rush (12/23/01)...the third player since 1940 with four 50-plus yard touchdowns in consecutive games, the other two are Jim Brown (Cle) and Gale Sayers (Chi)...marked his fourth consecutive touchdown of 57 yards or more.

COLLEGE: As a senior, named Big 12 Conference co-Special Teams Player of the Year...was the recipient of the Paul Hornung Award, given to the most versatile player in the nation...named a semi-finalist for the Biletnikoff Award (nation’s top receiver)... received All-American first-team honors from The NFL Draft Report, American Football Coaches Association and CBS Sports as an all-purpose back, adding second-team honors from CBS Sports and the Walter Camp Foundation as a receiver...added All-Big 12 Conference first-team recognition as a kick returner and all-purpose back from the league’s coaches and ESPN, while garnering second-team accolades as a receiver from the Associated Press...became the first Mountaineer to score a touchdown four different ways in one season (catch, rush, kick and punt return)...joined fellow wide-out Stedman Bailey in setting the school season-record with 114 receptions, ranking third nationally with an average of 8.77 grabs per game...led the nation with an aver- age of 223.85 all-purpose yards per game, setting school and Big 12 season-records with a total of 2,910 yards, surpassing the old WVU mark of 2,574 yards by Austin in 2011 and the league record of 2,833 yards by Jeremy Maclin of Missouri in 2008...the only players in NCAA FBS history to gain more all-purpose yards in a season were Barry Sanders of Oklahoma State (3,250 in 1998), Ryan Benjamin of Pacific (2,995 in 1991) and Chris Johnson of East Carolina (2,960 in 2007)...gained at least 100 yards receiving in six contests and generated at least 200 all-purpose yards in seven games...as a junior, earned All-American first- team honors as a return specialist from The NFL Draft Report, CBS Sports and Phil Steele, and added third-team accolades from the Associated Press...All-Big East Conference first-team choice received league Special Teams Player of the Year and West Virginia Offensive Player of the Year recognition, in addition to being selected to the All-Bowl squads named by Yahoo! Sports, CBS Sports and College Football News...returned to slot receiver, starting 11 games, as he set a then-school season-record with 101 receptions for 1,186 yards (11.74 ypc) and eight touchdowns, topping the previous WVU mark of 77 grabs by David Saunders (1998)...his 268 yards gained on 19 punt returns (led the Big East and placed sixth in the FBS with a 14.11-yard average) was the 10th-highest total by a Mountaineer in a season...led the nation with an average of 198.00 all-purpose yards per game, as he touched the ball 172 times for a then school record 2,574 yards, joining Steve Slaton (2,104 in 2006) as the only Mountaineers to register 2,000 all-purpose yards in a season...as a sophomore, earned an All-Big East Conference first-team choice by the league’s coaches...started 11 of the 13 games he appeared in at the “H” receiver position, ranking second on the team with 58 receptions for 787 yards (13.57 ypc) and eight touchdowns...rushed 16 times for 161 yards, returned 12 kickoffs for 230 yards (19.17 avg) and was third on the team with 1,178 all-purpose yards...earned the Freshman All-Big East Conference selection started at slot receiver vs. East Carolina, Auburn, Louisville and Pittsburgh while appearing in all 13 games.

PERSONAL:Multidisciplinary studies major at West Virginia and member of the Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll...son of Cathy Green and the oldest of four children...attended Dunbar (Baltimore, Md.) High School, playing football for head coach Lawrence Smith...started at running back, but was often used in the slot and handled return duties...the two-time consensus Maryland Player of the Year and All-State choice closed his career as the state record-holder with 790 points scored, 123 total touchdowns, 9,258 all-purpose yards and 7,962 yards rushing...three-time Baltimore Sun Player of the Year and Digital Sports’ All-Metro Offensive Player of the Year...participated in numerous community events, including Taste of the NFL, Hayes for the Holidays and the All-Community Ticket program - Tay-Awesome.

TRANSACTIONS: Selected No. 8 overall in the 2013 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams (4/25/13).

PRO: Has played in 28 games with 11 starts for the Rams...has been awarded NFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors two times...at Washington (12/7/14) for his 143 punt return yards, including a 78-yard punt return touchdown...at Indianapolis (11/10/13) when he notched a 98-yard punt return for a touchdown..his 145 punt return yards were the second-most in a single game in franchise history...became first player in NFL history with a 95-plus yard punt-return touchdown and two 55-plus yard receiving touchdowns in the same game...the Rams executed a trade with the Buffalo Bills in which the team gave up their 16th, 46th, 78th and 222nd picks to get Austin at No. 8...he became the ninth wide receiver drafted by the Rams in the first round and the first taken in the opening round since Torry Holt was selected No. 6 overall in the 1999 NFL Draft.

2014 SEASON: Caught 31 passes for 242 yards, carried the ball 36 times for 224 yards and two touchdowns, also returned 35 punts for 391 yards and one touchdown for a net total of 877 yards and three total touchdowns in 2014...at San Diego (11/23): Started at wide receiver...also saw action at running back and punt returner...ran the ball three times for 27 yards and one touchdown...notched three receptions for 11 yards...returned two punts for 44 yards... at Washington (12/7): Started at wide receiver, also saw action at punt returner... finished the day with 203 combined net yards (receiving yards-14, rushing yards- 46, return yards-143) including a 78-yard punt return for a touchdown...marked the second punt returned for a touchdown of his career...earned NFC Special Teams

Player of the Week honors...vs. New York Giants (12/21): Saw action at wide receiver and punt returner...hauled in one pass for 15 yards...finished the day with 25 yards on three carries...returned three punts for 61 yards including a long of 41 yards...

2013 SEASON: Finished the season with 40 catches in 13 games and six total touchdowns (four receiving, one rushing and one via punt return)...became the first player in NFL history with a 95-yard punt return for touchdown, 80-yard touchdown reception and 65-yard rushing score in the same season...his 98-yard punt return at Indianapolis is tied for the third longest punt return of all-time in the NFL...marks the second longest punt return in franchise history, behind Robert Bailey’s 103-yard return at New Orleans (10/23/94)...named NFC Special Teams Player of the month for November...at Atlanta (9/15): Earned his first NFL start... registered his first NFL touchdown on a 6-yard pass from QB Sam Bradford, and added a second touchdown reception on a 10-yard grab...finished the game with six receptions for 47 yards...at Indianapolis (11/10): Notched a 98-yard punt return for a touchdown..his 145 punt return yards were the second-most in a single game in franchise history...recorded a second score on a 57-yard reception from QB Kellen Clemens...tallied his third score of the day on a career-long 81-yard touchdown reception from Clemens...finished the game with 314 all-purpose yards (145 punt return, 138 receiving, 27 kickoff return and four yards rushing), the second-best single- game performance in team history...first player in NFL history with a 95-plus yard punt-return touchdown and two 55-plus yard receiving touchdowns in the same game...joined Pro Football Hall of Famer Gale Sayers (December 12, 1965) and Randy Moss (November 26, 1998) as the only players age 22 or younger with three 50-plus yard touchdowns in the same game...finished the game with 142 scrimmage yards (138 receiving, four rushing) and 145 punt-return yards, joined by Steve Smith as the only players in NFL history with at least 140 scrimmage yards and 140 punt-return yards in the same game...earned NFC Special Teams Player of the Week and NFL Rookie of the Week honors...vs. Chicago (11/24): Rushed 65 yards for a touchdown, the first rushing touchdown of his career..marks the Rams’ longest rush since Marshall Faulk had a 70-yard rush (12/23/01)...the third player since 1940 with four 50-plus yard touchdowns in consecutive games, the other two are Jim Brown (Cle) and Gale Sayers (Chi)...marked his fourth consecutive touchdown of 57 yards or more.

COLLEGE: As a senior, named Big 12 Conference co-Special Teams Player of the Year...was the recipient of the Paul Hornung Award, given to the most versatile player in the nation...named a semi-finalist for the Biletnikoff Award (nation’s top receiver)... received All-American first-team honors from The NFL Draft Report, American Football Coaches Association and CBS Sports as an all-purpose back, adding second-team honors from CBS Sports and the Walter Camp Foundation as a receiver...added All-Big 12 Conference first-team recognition as a kick returner and all-purpose back from the league’s coaches and ESPN, while garnering second-team accolades as a receiver from the Associated Press...became the first Mountaineer to score a touchdown four different ways in one season (catch, rush, kick and punt return)...joined fellow wide-out Stedman Bailey in setting the school season-record with 114 receptions, ranking third nationally with an average of 8.77 grabs per game...led the nation with an aver- age of 223.85 all-purpose yards per game, setting school and Big 12 season-records with a total of 2,910 yards, surpassing the old WVU mark of 2,574 yards by Austin in 2011 and the league record of 2,833 yards by Jeremy Maclin of Missouri in 2008...the only players in NCAA FBS history to gain more all-purpose yards in a season were Barry Sanders of Oklahoma State (3,250 in 1998), Ryan Benjamin of Pacific (2,995 in 1991) and Chris Johnson of East Carolina (2,960 in 2007)...gained at least 100 yards receiving in six contests and generated at least 200 all-purpose yards in seven games...as a junior, earned All-American first- team honors as a return specialist from The NFL Draft Report, CBS Sports and Phil Steele, and added third-team accolades from the Associated Press...All-Big East Conference first-team choice received league Special Teams Player of the Year and West Virginia Offensive Player of the Year recognition, in addition to being selected to the All-Bowl squads named by Yahoo! Sports, CBS Sports and College Football News...returned to slot receiver, starting 11 games, as he set a then-school season-record with 101 receptions for 1,186 yards (11.74 ypc) and eight touchdowns, topping the previous WVU mark of 77 grabs by David Saunders (1998)...his 268 yards gained on 19 punt returns (led the Big East and placed sixth in the FBS with a 14.11-yard average) was the 10th-highest total by a Mountaineer in a season...led the nation with an average of 198.00 all-purpose yards per game, as he touched the ball 172 times for a then school record 2,574 yards, joining Steve Slaton (2,104 in 2006) as the only Mountaineers to register 2,000 all-purpose yards in a season...as a sophomore, earned an All-Big East Conference first-team choice by the league’s coaches...started 11 of the 13 games he appeared in at the “H” receiver position, ranking second on the team with 58 receptions for 787 yards (13.57 ypc) and eight touchdowns...rushed 16 times for 161 yards, returned 12 kickoffs for 230 yards (19.17 avg) and was third on the team with 1,178 all-purpose yards...earned the Freshman All-Big East Conference selection started at slot receiver vs. East Carolina, Auburn, Louisville and Pittsburgh while appearing in all 13 games.

PERSONAL:Multidisciplinary studies major at West Virginia and member of the Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll...son of Cathy Green and the oldest of four children...attended Dunbar (Baltimore, Md.) High School, playing football for head coach Lawrence Smith...started at running back, but was often used in the slot and handled return duties...the two-time consensus Maryland Player of the Year and All-State choice closed his career as the state record-holder with 790 points scored, 123 total touchdowns, 9,258 all-purpose yards and 7,962 yards rushing...three-time Baltimore Sun Player of the Year and Digital Sports’ All-Metro Offensive Player of the Year...participated in numerous community events, including Taste of the NFL, Hayes for the Holidays and the All-Community Ticket program - Tay-Awesome.

 

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