Austin excelled throughout the 2012 season as one of the nation's most prolific all-purpose offensive and special teams players during the Mountaineers' inaugural season in the Big 12 Conference. He was one of two players in the nation with more than 500 yards in three different statistical categories (rushing, receiving and kick returns) and one of three players in the nation with 110 or more catches.
On Nov. 17 against the University of Oklahoma, Austin recorded his most prolific performance of the season when he registered an astounding 572 all-purpose yards, the second-highest total all-purpose yards in a single game in FBS history and a Big 12 Conference record. In the 50-49 shootout loss to the Sooners, Austin set West Virginia's single-game rushing record with 344 yards, and his two rushing touchdowns made him the first Mountaineer in school history to score a touchdown four different ways (receiving, rushing, kick and punt return) in one season.
For the season, Austin compiled 2,910 all-purpose yards, an average of 223.8 yards per game. His average yards per game was 80 more than any other player in the Big 12 Conference and the second-best mark in the nation. Austin ran for 643 yards on 72 carries with three touchdowns, caught 114 passes for 1,289 yards and 12 touchdowns, had 32 kick returns for 813 yards with a touchdown, and returned 15 punts for 165 yards and a touchdown. Austin closed out his collegiate career with 150 all-purpose yards in West Virginia's Pinstripe Bowl appearance on Dec. 29.
Started at wide receiver in 2010 ... Moved to inside receiver during 2011 spring ... Handled kickoff and punt return duties ... Named first team All-American return specialist by CBSSports.com and Phil Steele and third team by Associated Press ... Big East Special Teams Player of the Year ... West Virginia Offensive Player of the Year (coaching staff) ... First Team All-Big East (ESPN.com, Coaches, Phil Steele) as a wide receiver and return specialist ... Named to Yahoo! Sports, CBSSports.com and collegefootballnews.com's all-bowl teams as a wide receiver ... Named to ESPN.com's all-bowl team as an all-purpose player ... Led the nation in all-purpose yardage, averaging 198.0 ypg ... Finished 2011 with 101 catches, a WVU single-season record ... One of two receivers to have 100 or more catches in Big East Conference history ... One of four WVU receivers to finish with 1,000 or more receiving yards in a season (1,186) ... Ranked No. 8 in the NCAA, No. 2 in the Big East, in receptions (7.8 p/g), and No. 3 in the nation, No. 3 in the Big East, in receiving yards (91.2 yds/g) ... Also ranked No. 4 in the conference in scoring TDs (5.1 ppg) ... Ranked No. 6 nationally, No. 1 in the Big East, in punt returns (14.1) and No. 20 in kickoff returns (26.6) ... Caught an Orange Bowl and BCS record four touchdowns on 12 receptions, also a bowl record, in win over Clemson; his four TD catches were a WVU bowl and school record, while his 12 catches tied a school record ... Four TDs against Clemson were a career high and set WVU bowl record for points in a game(24) ... Finished with 123 receiving yards against Clemson, fifth 100-yard receiving game of the season and the seventh of his career ... Tallied a game-best and Orange Bowl record 280 all-purpose yards, including 117 on kick returns with a long return of 36 yards. ... Caught a game-best seven catches at USF; also netted a game-best 208 all-purpose yards ... 90-yard kickoff return for a TD at USF, second kickoff return for a TD on the season and third in his career... Caught a game-best 10 passes for 102 yards, also a game best, in win over Pitt ... Caught a nine-yard pass to convert a critical fourth-and-six in fourth quarter on game-winning drive vs. Panthers ... Grabbed a game-best nine passes for 126 yards, also a game high, at Cincinnati; also had a game-best 249 all-purpose yards ... Three kickoff returns at Cincinnati for 67 yards, including a long of 28 yards and had three punt returns for 50 yards with a long of 26 yards ... Scored his second TD in as many games against Louisville with a 25-yard reception on game's opening drive ... Tallied a game-best 271 all-purpose yards in UofL game, including five kickoff returns for 161 yards with a long return of 39 yards ... Exploded for a game-best 163 all-purpose yards in tough conditions at Rutgers, including a career best 80-yard touchdown run, WVU's longest rush from scrimmage in 2011 and longest since Noel Devine scored on an 88-yard run against Pitt on Nov. 27, 2009 ... Also tallied a game-best eight catches and 67 receiving yards for one score at Rutgers ... Had 120 all-purpose yards at Syracuse, including 60 receiving yards on six catches ... Connected with Geno Smith on a 12-yard pass against UConn that sparked WVU's 23-point third quarter; finished with a team-best seven catches ... Caught a game-high 11 passes for 187 yards, also a game ... and career-best, against LSU;yardage was eighth-best single game total in WVU history ... Finished with 287 all-purpose yards against LSU, the sixth-best WVU single-game total and the No. 27 single-game mark in NCAA in 2011 ... Six kickoff returns vs.LSU for 100 yards with a long of 26 yards ... Connected with Smith on a career long 72-yard reception against LSU ... Tallied a game-best 122 receiving yards on 11 receptions at Maryland ... One of three players to finish with moire than 100 yards receiving at Maryland, the first time three players netted at least 100 yards on catches in WVU history and the first time since 1998 WVU had multiple 100-yard receivers ... Six kickoff returns for 121 yards at Maryland with a long return of 27 yards ... Caught a team-best six passes and collected a game-high 193 all-purpose yards, including 82 receiving yards, against Norfolk State ... Connected on a three-yard pass with Smith against Norfolk State for first offensive TD of 2011 ... Had a game-best 190 all-purpose yards in season-opening win over Marshall; including being one of only six Mountaineers to return a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown
Played in 13 games and started 11 ... Named first team All-Big East by rivals.com and second team by the Big East coaches and Phil Steele ... Second on the team with 58 receptions for a team-leading 787 yards ... Led the team with eight receiving touchdowns ... 100 or more yards receiving against Maryland (106) and Rutgers (121) ... Five or more catches in eight games ... Season-high nine catches at Marshall and 121 yards against Rutgers ... Three multiple receiving touchdown games (Maryland, Cincinnati and Pitt) ... No. 4 in the Big East in receptions. ... No. 5 in receiving yards and No. 8 in scoring touchdowns ... No. 2 on WVU's sophomore receiving yards list, No. 8 on WVU season reception chart and tied for No. 6 for receiving touchdowns in a season ... WVU Offensive Champion: Maryland, Cincinnati, Pitt, Rutgers ... 172 all-purpose yards against Maryland, including seven catches for 106 yards and two touchdowns ... Two touchdown catches for 83 yards with a season-long of 71 at Pitt ... Six receptions for a season-high 121 yards with a long of 43 against Rutgers ... 46-yard touchdown run against the Scarlet Knights ... Nine catches for 85 yards at Marshall ... Tied for the team lead with five receptions against NC State in the Champs Sports Bowl
Played in all 13 games and started four (East Carolina, Auburn, Louisville and Pitt) ... Named to the All-Big East Freshman Team by ESPN.com ... Long reception was a 58-yard touchdown grab against ECU ... No. 4 in the Big East in kickoff return average and No. 35 nationally ... Nine kickoff returns, including a 98-yard return for a touchdown against UConn ... Tied for the third-best kickoff return average in a game (59.0 - 2/118) in Big East history with his performance against Connecticut ... Collected 72 all-purpose yards at Rutgers, including one catch for nine yards and three kickoff returns for 63 yards, including a long of 26 ... Led off the Connecticut game with a 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, seventh-longest kickoff return in school history... Scored his first career touchdown on a 58-yard reception against East Carolina
Coached by Lawrence Smith at Dunbar High in Baltimore ... Two-time Maryland Consensus Offensive Player of the Year ... Consensus first team all-state ... Set Maryland records for career points (790), touchdowns (123), total offensive yards (9,258)and rushing yards (7,962) ... Led Dunbar High to three consecutive Class 1A state titles ... As a senior, rushed for 2,660 yards and scored 34 touchdowns on just 218 carries for 12.2 yards per carry average Also returned 12 punts for 446 yards and a pair of touchdowns
Birthday is March 15 ... Son of Cathy Green ... One of four children ... Majoring in multidisciplinary studies ... Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll