Austin was second nationally in all-purpose yardage and averaged 12.7 yards on punt returns and 25.4 yards on kick returns. He returned one punt and one kick for touchdowns. The 5-foot-9, 175-pound Austin is projected to be a first-round NFL draft pick as a receiver.
Rodgers announced Austin as the winner on Monday. The award is named for the 1972 Heisman Trophy winner from Nebraska who made his mark as a return specialist. This is the second year the award has been presented.
Austin will receive the award at an April 4 banquet in Omaha, Neb. Proceeds will benefit Rodgers' foundation, which works to keep at-risk youth on track to graduate from high school.