Ravens interview Teryl Austin

MOBILE, Ala. -- The Baltimore Ravens have interviewed former University of Florida defensive coordinator Teryl Austin for their secondary coach vacancy, and he's considered the leading candidate to land the job. The Ravens have yet to announce that he's been hired, but Austin has already told friends that he's getting the job. He's attending the Senior Bowl practices here this week

"He's a great coach and a great guy, and he'll do big things in Baltimore," said former NFL defensive back Marquand Manuel, who played for Austin with the Seattle Seahawks. "I'm just happy for him. He's the real deal." Austin would take over the position previously held by newly-promoted defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano. Austin, 45, was part of former Florida coach Urban Meyer's staff last season, leaving Gainesville after one season with Meyer resigning in December. Austin coached the Arizona Cardinals' secondary from 2007 to 2009, making it to the Super Bowl once.

Prior to joining the Cardinals, he coached the Seahawks' defensive backs from 2003 to 2006 as they reached the Super Bowl. Austin has previous collegiate coaching stints at Michigan, Syracuse, Wake Forest and Penn State.

A native of Sharon, Pa., Austin was a three-year starter at defensive back at the University of Pittsburgh. NOTE: Among the draft prospects the Ravens have interviewed at the Senior Bowl: Oregon linebacker Casey Matthews, the younger brother of Green Bay Packers star linebacker Clay Matthews.

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