Austin Griffith of Huffman Hargrave is a tremendous linebacker, a great leader in the classroom and on the field. On the football field, Austin is all over the place making tackles from sideline to sideline. As most of you know, he is the younger brother of current Cougar LB Travis Griffith. I caught up with the proud mother of these two outstanding young men, Mrs. Nancy Griffith and arranged this interview for your enjoyment.
DD – Austin, I want to pick up from where we were in our last interview, tell us a little about your Huffman Hargrave HS team and the highlights of this past season.
AG - Our team started out with a chance to make playoffs, then came the injury bug. By the second district game we had seven starters out for the season. In 3A that just can't happen. I've always played LB/FB. But this year for two and one half games I played TB and carried for 500-yards, then out with the MCL.
DD - How is your rehab coming along?
AG – I haven't had rehab for a couple of months now. My knee is totally healthy now.
DD - Tell us about Hargrave Head Football Coach Dougald McDougald.
AG – Coach McDougald taught me everything I know. He was a linebacker for Port Neches when they went to State. He coached in Humble for 17 years before taking the Head Coach/AD job here.
DD - What team and what player did you find to be the most challenging?
AG – Barbers Hill and Perry Carrington.
Austin was a blur to opposing defenses as RB in 2002.
DD - What other activities/sports do you currently participate in?
AG - Track, but this year under my track coach and doctor's advice, I used track for my rehab.
DD - What hobbies or other interests do you have?
AG – I really like going to old car shows, I have a 1976 Trans Am, I also enjoy fishing.
DD - Tell us a little about your family, I have had the pleasure of meeting your parents and I must say that they are very friendly folks and big Cougar fans as well.
AG - I live with both my parents, Stuart and Nancy. I have an older brother, Chad, he's married to Trisha and they have a 3-month old boy, Ty. Then my middle bother, Travis and lots of relatives. We had 31 at one of the games last year.
DD - You were the fist verbal commit that we had last season, tell us how that developed and how the coaching change affected it?
AG – Coach Dimel basically recruited me. He didn't want me to commit to another school. He came and watched me run the 40 at both combines. When he left, you get a little nervous about your decision, but mine was not just based on coaches.
Signing Day from left Travis, Mom (Nancy), Austin and Dad (Stuart).
DD - When the new of Coach Dimel's dismissal came out, did the recruiting calls start all over or did they ever stop?
AG – They slow down after you repeatedly say not interested, but they don't stop. The last week before signing, it got crazy again. For an example, Kansas State came in with an offer.
DD - It must be a thrill to be part of Coach Briles first class, how does it feel?
AG - Its awesome, also great to be a part of this turn around.
DD - What was attractive to you about coming to UH?
AG - Great facilities, close to home and I felt very comfortable.
DD - How much did your brother Travis have to do with you deciding on the Cougars?
AG – This was my decision, where I chose to be.
Austin carries the ball.
DD - What was your recruiting visit like, what took place?
AG - I had a great visit. The visit gave me a chance to meet all the coaches and visit with them. We had a great weekend. My brother was my host and he did a great job.
DD - Do you want to play right away or would you prefer to redshirt?
AG - I will do what's best for the team. I know a redshirt year is a good thing.
DD - What are your current physical attributes (height, weight, 40-time)?
AG - I'm 6'3", 205lbs. My time in the 40 stays right around 4.58.
DD - What do you plan to study at UH?
AG – I'm not sure, maybe Business.
DD - Do you have anything that you would like to tell the CoogFans out there?
AG – Thanks for your interest in the 2003 recruits. And my message to all is we are going to kick butt next year.
Brother Travis is ready to go for 2003.
Austin, thank you for letting the CoogFans get to know a little about you and we look forward to seeing your future develop as a Houston Cougar.
Eat ‘Em Up!