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Tavon Austin Named AP All-American

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Tavon Austin has been named an Associated Press All-American for his performance as an all-purpose player for the Mountaineers in the 2011 regular season.

The AP lists Austin on its third team.

Austin, a junior from Baltimore, Md., averaged 191 total yards per game as a receiver and return specialist. He ranks second in the nation behind New Mexico's Taveon Rogers for all-purpose yards on the season.

His total of 2,294 yards passes former WVU running back Steve Slaton's 2006 performance for best season in Mountaineer history.

As a receiver, Austin made 89 receptions for 1,063 yards, ranking just behind teammate Stedman Bailey's season total, both of which surpassed former WVU receiver David Saunders' program-best 1,043 in 1996.

On the ground, Austin had 142 yards on 13 carries, good for nearly 11 yards per carry. Austin had one rushing and four receiving touchdowns in 12 games.

Austin had a spectacular season in the return game, averaging 26 yards per kickoff return and 14 yards per punt return. His longest punt return of the season came in a Sept. 10 meeting with Norfolk State, going for 68 yards.

In the season opener against Marshall, Austin returned a third quarter kickoff from his own end zone all the way for a touchdown and he finished out the regular season with another scoring kickoff return to help push the Mountaineers past South Florida and win a share of the Big East title.

The Associated Press is one of five lists that count toward recognition as a consensus All-American. The others are the American Football Coaches Association, Football Writers Association of America, Sporting News and the Walter Camp Football Foundation.

Austin would need to be recognized on at least half of those lists in order to be a consensus pick. Of the five, only the AP has released its selections.

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