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WVU's Austin Eighth in Heisman Voting


West Virginia receiver Tavon Austin did not make it to New York City for the presentation of the 2012 Heisman Trophy, but he did finish in the top 10 of the voting.

Austin placed eighth in the nation for the top individual honor in college football, which was awarded to Texas A&M freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel, the first freshman to ever win the Heisman.

The senior receiver finished his final regular season for the Mountaineers with outstanding numbers as an all-purpose player, racking up a total of 2,760 yards on offense and special teams. As a receiver, Austin totaled 1,259 yards on 110 receptions with 12 touchdowns, while adding 598 yards on 61 carries with another three scores.

He returned 15 punts for 165 yards and 28 kickoffs for 738 yards, finding the end zone once in each discipline.

Austin was named to the first team All-Big 12 earlier this week as both a wide receiver and as a return specialist. His "Heisman moment" came in a 50-49 loss to Oklahoma in November when he played his first significant action as the Mountaineers' feature running back. He rushed for a program record 344 yards while finishing just six yards shy of the all-time FBS record for all-purpose yards, totaling 572 with two touchdowns.

The eighth place finish is the highest a Mountaineer has finished in the Heisman voting since quarterback Pat White in the 2008 season.

The top 10 of the voting was Manziel, Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o, Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein, USC receiver Marqise Lee, Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller, South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch, Austin, Oregon running back Kenjon Barner and Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones.

Austin will play his last game with WVU on Dec. 29 in New York as the Mountaineers take on the Syracuse Orange in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl.

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