|Height: 6-2 | Weight: 215 | College: Monmouth (NJ)|
In the 13-year football history at Monmouth, no player has generated the interest from the National Football League like Austin has received the last two seasons. Possessing the size of a power fullback, Austin did not begin competing in football until midway through his high school junior year. Many feel he will follow fellow Garfield High School graduates receiver Wayne Chrebet (New York Jets) and defensive end Louis Castillo (san Diego Chargers) to the NFL in 2006.
Austin earned two letters in football at Garfield, where he competed as a wide receiver and defensive back. He earned All-Bergen County and All-State Group II honors as a senior, recording 75 tackles and ten interceptions that year.
Before testing his wares on the football field, Austin was a standout track and basketball performer. He was named second-team All-Bergen County in basketball, finishing his career with 1,028 points. In track, Austin participated in the javelin, long jump and 100-meters. He recorded the second-longest javelin throw in Bergen County history with 214'8" and finished third at the New Jersey Meet of Champions in both the javelin and triple jump.
Austin enrolled at Monmouth University in 2002 when the major schools did not recruit him. He was a reserve receiver, catching ten passes for 208 yards (20.8 avg) and a touchdown. "We were quite surprised programs at some I-A schools weren't involved with him," Monmouth head coach Kevin Callahan said. "I think the only thing that held him back from getting heavy interest from schools on that level was the fact he didn't have a big football background."
Austin moved into the starting lineup as a sophomore, playing both flanker and split end. He led the team with 44 receptions for 796 yards (18.1 avg) and twelve touchdowns in 2003 to earn All-Northeast Conference first-team honors. His twelve scoring grabs were the second-most in conference history.
In 2004, Austin again garnered All-NEC first-team honors and was selected second-team All-American by Football Gazette. Austin led Monmouth with 47 catches for 859 yards (18.3 avg) and nine touchdowns. He added 86 yards on five carries (17.2 avg) with a score and also registered a touchdown on a blocked punt return. He also demonstrated a powerful throwing arm, connecting on both pass attempts for 92 yards.
As a senior, he ranked third in the NCAA Division 1-AA ranks with an average of 125.5 receiving yards per game. He also ranked eighth in receiving yards with 1,004, despite missing the final two games and most of another with a high ankle sprain. He finished the year with 49 receptions (20.5 avg) and eleven touchdowns. Austin gained 54 yards on nine carries (6.0 avg) and scored on a blocked punt.
In 39 games with the Hawks, Austin started 30 times. His 150 receptions for 2,867 yards (19.1 avg) and 33 touchdowns set school and Northeast Conference career-records. He also gained 147 yards with a score on 15 carries (9.8 avg) and returned two blocked punts for scores. He also completed 2-of-3 passes for 92 yards.
Positives: Has a thick, muscular frame with a good bubble, big ankles and large hands Has good straight-line quickness, getting to top speed with a fluid stride Hard runner who maintains his balance working through traffic Uses his size and strength well to break tackles after the catch Has large, soft hands to get to the ball away from the body's frame Does a good job of keeping his feet in bounds when working along the sidelines and will adjust and come back for the ball on quarterback scrambles Fearless going over the middle, using his size effectively to combat defensive backs Above average leaper who gets to the ball at its high point, using his arms effectively to go over the top of defenders' heads to make the grab Generates very good leg power to break arm tackles and keeps his shoulders low to drive through the defender.
Negatives: More quick than fast, but lacks a sudden burst or explosion getting off the line (appears very slow-footed) Needs total route technique refinement, as he rounds his patterns, drifting in and out of his routes rather than planting and driving to come out of his breaks A lack of a second gear will usually see defensive backs stay tight on Austin's hip throughout the route, making it a constant battle when he tries to catch the ball (will generally win because of his natural hands though) Needs to show more aggression and better hand technique as a blocker, as his effort is marginal and too inconsistent.
Austin has a thick, muscular frame with solid bone density, big bubble and large hands. He has dominated at the low level of play, but lacks the ideal acceleration you look for in a flanker or split end at the next level and might be better suited for inside slot duty. He is a hard runner who builds to top speed, but takes some false steps and is slow to get a good push off the line of scrimmage. He relies more on power than quickness to compensate for a lack of a sudden get-off.
Austin does a very good job maintaining balance in his stride. He is more of a straight-line runner, but shows good hip flexibility and change of direction agility, even though he does not always juke defenders coming out of his breaks. He could be more effective in his release if he maintains his weight at 215 pounds rather than his present 230-pound frame.
It could be due to relative inexperience as a football player, but it is apparent that he struggles to defeat press coverage, as he fails to use his hands effectively to defeat the jam. When he generates a strong lower body burst off the snap, he is much more effective at powering through the line hold-up. Austin shows decent field alertness and can find the soft spot to settle in the zone. He is showing improvement adjusting and coming back for the ball on the quarterback scramble.
Austin is used mostly on control routes, stops, outs and slants, but he will round his cuts and is not a polished route runner yet. With patient coaching, he can be taught the proper pattern technique that he still lacks. He has to be very physical in order to gain separation and generally has a defender shadowing him tight on routes. In 2005, he showed better ability to sink his hips on cuts, especially on deep patterns.
He has the ability to create space with his power, doing a nice job with his size and strength to screen off defenders and strong-arm defensive backs to get to the ball. The thing you notice on film is he believes every ball in the air is his to catch. He is a fierce competitor and a big target who will not be intimidated and will usually out-muscle even linebackers to get to the ball.
Even with his inexperience, he has excellent hands. He shows good hand extension to catch outside the frame and even when he gets his hands up too early, he has enough adjustment agility to make the tough catch. His hand/eye coordination is above average and it is very rare to see him body catch the ball.
His body control allows him to make the acrobatic catches. He is fluid adjusting to the ball over his shoulders and has the leaping ability to get to the ball at its high point. Austin is especially effective at leaping over and getting his hands around the defensive back to make the grab. After the catch, he is a power-oriented runner. He won't fool too many defenders with head fakes or juking moves, but will lower his shoulders and drive through cornerbacks with a strong leg thrust. He is a load to bring down after the catch, as he is always fighting for extra yardage. Still, there is not much shake in his stride.
For a player of his size, you would expect him to be much more aggressive going after defenders down field, but he just does not put forth the effort you want from a blocking receiver. He makes only passive attempts to sustain and it is rare to see him stay after blocks.
For his size and strength, Austin is worth a long look in training camp. He needs to get his weight down to the 215-pound range in order to generate better quickness coming off the line. He is a poor route runner who relies more on his power to get to the ball rather than his acceleration. He will need complete route refinement and must develop better hand usage to defeat the jam, but has shown that he can produce, even though he has yet to face top-level competition.
Started 30 of 39 games for the Hawks Holds the school career-records with 150 catches for 2,867 yards (19.1 avg) and 33 touchdowns, shattering the previous marks of 114 receptions for 2,173 yards and 21 scores by William Holder (1993, 95-97) His 2,867 yards broke the old Northeast Conference all-time record of 2,294 yards by Jason Bain of Wagner (1997-2000) His 150 catches topped the previous NEC career-record of 147 by Londre Blocker of Stony Brook (2001-04) Only the third player in Northeast Conference history to gain over 1,000 yards receiving in a season (1,004 in 2005), joining DeVeren Johnson of Sacred Heart (1,157 in 2001) and Anthony Galella of Monmouth (1,044 in 1998).
All-American first-team selection by The NFL Draft Report, despite missing the final two games of the season and most of the Robert Morris and Central Connecticut contests with a high ankle sprain Rated the best receiver in the NCAA Division 1-AA ranks by The Poor Man's Guide to the NFL Draft All-Northeast Conference first-team choice Ranked third in the nation with an average of 125.5 yards per game receiving, topped only by Michael Caputo of St. Francis, Pa. (130.27 ypg) and Laurnt Robinson of Illinois State (133.18 ypg) Ranked thirteenth in the country with an average of 6.13 catches per game Ranked second on the team with 49 receptions for 1,004 yards (20.5 avg) and eleven touch-downs Joined Anthony Galella (1,044 in 1998) as the only players in school history to gain over 1,000 yards receiving in a season His eleven scoring grabs were one shy of his own school season-record of twelve set in 2003 Carried nine times for 54 yards, had a 16-yard kickoff return and returned a blocked punt 18 yards for a touchdown.
|2005 Game Analysis|
Lehigh Came off the bench in the season opener, responding with seven catches for 126 yards, including a 66-yard touchdown on a pass from QB Brian Boland that capped a 5-play, 92-yard drive in the third quarter Head to Head Competition -- CB Aaron Gillard.
La Salle Lined up at flanker, catching six passes for 228 yards and three scores His 228 yards broke the old school game-record of 179 by Anthony Galella vs. Towson in 1998 His three scoring grabs tied his own school game-record, first set vs. Wagner in 2003 Had a 41-yard touchdown catch as time ran out in the first half Added a 66-yard touch-down midway through the third quarter and on the next series, he concluded a 61-yard, 8-play drive with a 24-yard touchdown on a slant pass from Brian Boland Also blocked a third quarter punt that Monmouth downed for a safety Head to Head Competition -- CB Dwayne Lodge.
California (Pa.) Gained 140 yards on eight catches and added 10 yards on a reverse Six of his grabs were good for first downs Set up QB Brian Boland's 10-yard touchdown toss to Bobby Smith in the first quarter with 33 & 21-yard receptions during that 13-play, 78-yard drive Killed a Monmouth 93-yard, 15-play drive in the fourth quarter when Austin dropped a fourth-&-goal throw from Boland Head to Head Competition -- CB Chris Glass.
Stony Brook Followed with eight catches for 107 yards and an 15-yard touchdown, adding 45 yards on five carries while also blocking a punt On the team's opening drive, Austin caught 16 & 12-yard passes from Brian Boland to set up Leonard Brice's 6-yard scoring run Carries of 7 & 14 yards by Austin set up a 2-yard touchdown run by Walter Carter midway through the first quarter His 15-yard scoring grab came on a third-&-goal toss from Boland at the start of the second quarter Blocked a punt by Sean McGinty at the Stony Brook 29 and scooped the ball up at the SB 18 to take it into the end zone for a touchdown in the fourth quarter Head to Head Competition -- CB Adam Barzar.
Sacred Heart Came up with ten catches for 235 yards and four touchdowns, but also fumbled once His 235 yards broke his own school record of 228 yards vs. La Salle earlier in the 2005 campaign His four touchdowns set another school record, breaking his own record of three, first set vs. Wagner in 2003 and matched vs. La Salle in 2005 Fumbled the ball when he was tackled by cornerback Zack Kepner on a 2-yard catch in the first quarter, but recovered the pigskin and three plays later on a third-&-13, he caught a 28-yard slant pass from Brian Boland, followed by an 11-yarder, a 42-yard grab and a 20-yard touchdown catch on a fourth-&-3 play with 6:29 left in the first quarter Caught a 5-yard scoring lob from Boland on a second-&-goal play during the team's next drive Added a 59-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter and a 38-yard scoring grab in the third quarter All ten of his receptions were good for first downs Head to Head Competition -- CB Zack Kepner.
Wagner Generated 88 yards with a pair of touchdowns on four catches and carried once for a 4-yard loss Was tackled for a 2-yard loss on a rushing attempt by Chris Ferrara, but came back on the next play to beat the cornerback to haul in a slant pass from QB Brian Boland for a 23-yard score that capped an 8-play, 82-yard drive in the first quarter Added a 36-yard touchdown on a third-&-1 toss from Boland in the fourth quarter Head to Head Competition -- CB Chris Ferrara.
Robert Morris On the team's first drive for the game, Austin caught a 12-yard swing pass from QB Brian Boland, but suffered a high ankle sprain when he was tackled by linebacker Chad Wengert and did not return to the game for the final 57 minutes of action Head to Head Competition -- CB Shane Gosnell.
Central Connecticut Came back to play the following week, catching three passes for 68 yards, but re-injured his ankle on a 29-yard catch during a first quarter drive when he was tackled by free safety Farod Muhammad. Muhammad was penalized 15 yards for a personal foul on that play. Austin stood in the game for a few more minutes, catching a 21-yard pass four plays later to set up a 23-yard field goal by Fred Weingart, but for Austin, his season would come to an end Head to Head Competition -- CB Stefon Brown.
St. Francis (Pa.) and Albany (N.Y.) Did not play (ankle).
All-American second-team choice by Football Gazette All-Northeast Conference first-team pick Lined up at flanker, leading the team with 47 receptions for 859 yards (18.3 avg) and nine touchdowns His 859 yards rank sixth on the conference's season-record list Gained 86 yards on five carries and 92 yards by completing both of his pass attempts Also blocked a punt that he recovered for a score and made three tackles (2 solos) on special teams.
|2004 Game Analysis|
St. Peter's Opened the season with seven catches for 118 yards, including a 41-yard score on a third quarter toss from QB Brendan Kennedy Also ran for a 27-yard touch-down to cap a 5-play, 60-yard drive in the third quarter.
La Salle Followed with seven receptions for 125 yards Caught a 16-yard touchdown on a slant pass from QB Brian Boland as time ran out in the first quarter.
Robert Morris Gained 144 yards on five catches Had a 69-yard scoring grab in the first quarter and concluded a 67-yard, 8-play second quarter drive with a 10-yard touchdown grab Blocked a Mike Schlaepfer punt in the third quarter at the RMU 20, recovering the ball at the 5-yard line to take it into the end zone for a touchdown.
Stony Brook Completed a 57-yard pass to Tim Hiltine and made two catches for 27 yards.
Iona Followed with five receptions for 146 yards and a 5-yard score on a flag pass from Brendan Kennedy in the second quarter.
Albany Totaled 42 yards on three catches Scored on a 2-yard touchdown lob from Brendan Kennedy that finished off a 12-play, 73-yard drive in the second quarter Also tackled Dustin Wilson on a fake punt that netted 16 yards prior to halftime Added a 17-yard touchdown on a flag pass from Brian Boland in the third quarter Tackled Brian Becker after the defensive back intercepted a Kennedy pass for a 3-yard return in the second quarter.
Georgetown Grabbed five passes for 59 yards and gained 21 yards on a reverse.
Sacred Heart Caught three passes for 35 yards and threw a 32-yard pass to Billy Worfolk that set up Bobby Smith's 5-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.
St. Francis (Pa.) Closed out the season with seven receptions for 124 yards and added 12 yards on a rushing attempt Caught second quarter passes of 15 & 13 yards from Brian Boland that were good for touchdowns.
All-Northeast Conference first-team choice Led the conference with an 18.1-yard average on 44 receptions for 796 yards His twelve touchdown grabs set a school season-record and rank second on the NEC's annual record chart Also carried once for a 7-yard gain.
|2003 Game Analysis|
St. Peter's Began the year with two catches for 50 yards, including a 22-yard touchdown.
Georgetown Totaled 47 yards on five grabs.
Stony Brook Made three catches for 45 yards and a 13-yard score.
Iona Followed with three receptions for 57 yards and touchdowns of 20 & 8 yards in the fourth quarter.
Wagner Set a school game-record (since broken by Austin vs. Sacred Heart in 2005) with touchdown receptions of 15, 18 & 16 yards, finishing the day with 101 yards on six grabs.
La Salle Collected 79 yards on four catches with 15 & 19-yard scores.
Central Connecticut Totaled 42 yards on a pair of grabs, including a 12-yard touchdown.
Sacred Heart Hauled in five passes for 92 yards and a 20-yard score, adding 7 yards on a reverse.
St. Francis (Pa.) Gained a season-high 165 yards on six receptions Caught a 35-yard swing pass from Brian Boland for a touchdown in the third quarter, capping a 68-yard, 7-play drive.
Duquesne Closed out the year with 39 yards on four catches.
Appeared in eight games as a reserve receiver during his true freshman season Made ten catches for 208 yards (20.8 avg) and a touchdown.
|2002 Game Analysis|
Lafayette Made his first career catch a memorable one, hauling in a 41-yard touchdown pass thrown by QB Bill Rankin in the second quarter.
Morgan State Added a 39-yard reception.
Robert Morris Caught three passes for 39 yards.
Central Connecticut Had a 25-yard catch.
Wagner Followed with three receptions for 40 yards.
2004: Bothered in spring drills (4/01) with a left hamstring strain.
2005: Missed most of the Robert Morris contest (10/22) after suffering a high ankle sprain Returned the following week vs. Central Connecticut, but re-injured the ankle after taking a late hit on a reception in the first quarter, missing the rest of that game and the team's final two contests vs. St. Francis (Pa.) and Albany (N.Y.).
Campus: 4.6 in the 40-yard dash 357-pound bench press 518-pound squat 315-pound power clean 34-inch vertical jump 31 -inch arm length 10 1/8-inch hands Right-handed 24/32 Wonderlic score.
Combine: 4.51-second 40-yard dash. 40 1/2-inch vertical jump. 10'03" broad jump. Bench-pressed 225 pounds 21 times.
Attended Garfield (N.J.) High School, playing football for head coach Steve Mucha
Earned two letters in football, competing as a wide receiver and defensive back Earned All-Bergen County and All-State Group II honors as a senior, recording 75 tackles and ten interceptions that year Before turning to football, Austin was a standout track and basketball performer Named second-team All-Bergen County in basketball, finishing his career with 1,028 points In track, he participated in the javelin, long jump and 100-meters Had the second-longest javelin throw in Bergen County history with 214'8" Third at the New Jersey Meet of Champions in both the javelin and triple jump.
History major Son of Ann and Miles Austin Born Miles J. Austin on 6/30/84 in Summit, New Jersey Resides in Garfield, New Jersey.