Saturday is Tavon Austin's senior day, and although his final season hasn't gone as planned after a five-game losing streak, his teammates and coaches acknowledge how great a college career the future NFL draft pick had.
Heading into the team's regular season finale at home against Kansas, Austin leads the nation in receptions with 106, even though many players have already finished their seasons. He broke West Virginia's single-game rushing record in his first game at running back since high school, registering 334 yards on 21 carries. And he's scored 15 touchdowns while being an absolute menace on kick and punt returns. Geno Smith was briefly a Heisman candidate earlier in the season, but the quarterback said that Austin should have received more credit for his ridiculous skillset:
"It’s amazing," Smith said in describing Austin. "The most dynamic player in college football with the ball in his hands.’’
His head coach, Dana Holgorsen, was equally straightforward in his praise of his senior wide receiver:
"I wish we could clone him and put three of him out there," Holgorsen said.
With only Saturday's finale and a bowl game left in his career, Austin can turn his eyes to the NFL. He's a bit tiny for a pro wide receiver at 5'9, but his 4.28 speed in the 40 is turning heads among pro scouts, as many have Austin ranked as the top wide receiver in the 2013 class.