Defensive Back Transfers To WVU

WVU has bolstered its football secondary for the 2003 season with the transfer of a record setting defensive back.

Milo Austin, who earned Atlantic Central Football Conference rookie of the year honors at cornerback for Salisbury (Md.) University, is on campus and will particpate in practice this season once school begins. However, he will not be eligible to play until the 2003 season.

Salisbury, which competes at the Division III level, was led defensively by Austin, who picked off 6 passes and earned first team ACFC honors as a freshman. He returned two of the interceptions for touchdowns (including a long of 90 yards) and set a new Salisbury single-season record with 130 return yards.

Austin also recorded 23 tackles, five pass breakups, and returned 11 punts for 48 yards.

Austin, present at WVU's opening freshman practice Monday, will have three seasons of eligibility remaining. He must sit out one year to establish residency, according to NCAA rules.

Austin will be able to practice starting August 19, the first day of classes at WVU. Austin, 6-1, 190 pounds, is already enrolled.

"I just thought the level of football I was playing was too easy," Austin said. "I wanted a bigger challenge."

Austin has been timed at 4.6 seconds for the 40 on Mountaineer Field, he said. Austin said he ran an electronically-timed 4.47 on Salisberry's track.


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