Strong In The Spotlight

West Virginia's coaching staff promised to get the ball to Tavon Austin more this year, and the speedy Maryland native responded to that confidence with a solid opener to the 2010 season.

Tavon Austin's speed and shiftiness were the highlights in West Virginia's 31-0 win over Coastal Carolina. Getting the ball on a pair of ends around and a handful of short routes, he used his natural gifts to turn several of those into considerable gains. Most notable was a cutback that covered almost the width of the field on a 33-yard reception which left two Coastal defenders grasping at the vapor trail left behind by the sophomore.

Austin wasn't perect on the day, as he had a fumble at the end of a 13-yard reception that went through the end zone, resulting in a turnover, but he didn't let that play bother him. He bounced right back on the next series to record one of the bigger plays of the game.

When quarterback Geno Smith's hitch route was picked off by Dominique Davenport, it looked for all the world as if the Chanticleers were going to finally break the drought on the scoreboard. However, Austin sprinted down the field and corralled Davenport at the WVU 21. That play, which went somewhat unnoticed, set up Brandon Hogan's momentum-killing interception one snap later, and preserved WVU's 10-0 lead at the half.

In this post-game chat, Austin discussed his abilities that allow him to get yards after the catch, and described the performance of the offense.


Tavon Austin


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