Draft Scout Snapshot:DS Rating on 9/1/09: #53 WR, #419/750 Overall, Projected Rd: 2007: Appeared in all 13 games off the bench ... Averaged 10.00 yards on 31 punt returns to rank fifth in the Pac-10 and 36th nationally ... His 31 returns were the third-most ever in a season at UCLA ... Made 17 receptions for 248 yards to rank fourth on the squad ...2006: Saw action in 10 of UCLA's 13 games as a wide receiver and punt returner ... Missed three games (Oregon, Notre Dame and Washington St.) due to a hamstring injury ... Averaged 13.8 yards on punt returns, including one for 79 yards at Washington.
Post-Draft Outlook:COULD SURPRISE: UCLA wide receiver Terrence Austin might immediately be the Redskins' starting return man. He was second-team all-Pac 10 as a kick returner last season, and his sub-4.4 speed is promising. The Redskins' return roles are vacant after they cut Antwaan Randle El and Rock Cartwright in March.
A closer look at the Redskins' picks: Round 7/219 -- Terrence Austin, WR/KR, 5-11, 172, UCLA: In addition to his kick-returning prowess, Austin could contribute as a fourth receiver. He caught at least one pass in his final 27 college games. - by The Sports Xchange
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From Poly High School in Long Beach, Austin stayed local to play for the Bruins.
The No. 7-rated wide receiver in the country by ESPN.com, Austin was a PrepStar All-American who played in the annual CaliFlorida Bowl after his senior season.
At UCLA, Austin played in 10 games as a wide receiver and punt returner, where he averaged 13.8 yards per attempt. He played in all 13 games as a reserve in 2007, averaging 10 yards on 31 punt returns and catching 17 passes for 248 yards.
Austin began to blossom as a junior, being named to the All-Pac-10 second team as a kick returner and setting a school-record with 1,878 all-purpose yards. He led the team with 53 receptions and averaged 156.6 all-purpose yards per game.
Austin started 12 of 13 games as a senior, earning second-team all-conference honors as a kick returner and finishing fifth in the Pac-10 with 139.85 all-purpose yards per game.
Austin caught at least one pass in each of his final 27 games at UCLA.
Release: Good initial quickness out of his stance. Legitimate straight-line speed to challenge deep, keeping most defensive backs on their heels. Lacks the bulk or strength to consistently get off press covergage when defenders are able to get their hands on him early.
Hands: Rare body control to make the spectacular leaping grab, but is prone to lapses in concentration and drops of easy passes. Competitive and can make the tough grab in traffic, but gets ping-ponged due to his lack of bulk. Can track the ball over either shoulder.
Route-running: Relies on his natural athleticism too much as a route-runner for a player of his experience. Good foot quickness and body control.
After the catch: His best attribute. Good agility to elude defenders after the catch and an explosive acceleration to get through gaps in the defense or as a returner. Good vision to set up blocks. Has the straight-line speed to score from any point on the field.
Blocking: Provides a decent effort, but simply lacks the bulk to be more than a pest as a downfield blocker.
Intangibles: Highly competitive player who plays with his emotions on his sleeve. Big play threat capable of making an impact as a receiver, runner and returner.
Saw action in 13 games with 12 starts ... Earned second-team All-Pac-10 honors as a kick returner ... Caught at least one pass in each of his final 27 games as a Bruin ... Ranked fifth in the Pac-10 (34th in NCAA) in all-purpose yards (139.85), 60th in the NCAA and fourth in the Pac-10 in kickoff returns (24.09), 34th in the NCAA and third in the Pac-10 in punt returns (9.15), 22nd in the Pac-10 in receiving yards (35.00) and tied for 22nd in receptions (2.85) ... Third on the team in receptions with 37 ... Ranked third on UCLA single-season all-purpose yards list with 1,818 (he is the record-holder with 1,878 yards - 2008) ... His 43 kickoff returns ranked No. 2 (he had 46 in 2008) and his 33 punt returns ranked tied for second ... Winner of the George W. Dickerson Award for Outstanding Offensive Player vs. USC and Offensive Winner of the Paul I. Wellman Memorial Award for All-Around Excellence.
In the opener against San Diego State, he accounted for 160 all-purpose yards ... Tied for the team lead with six receptions (37 yards) and had a six-yard touchdown reception ... His 65-yard kickoff return set up a Bruin score ... At Tennessee, he totaled 93 all-purpose yards ... Against Kansas State, he made two catches (58 yards), including a 51-yard scoring play ... At Stanford, he caught three balls for 47 yards ... Had 104 all-purpose yards against Oregon ... Accounted for 249 all-purpose yards versus Cal - 182 yards on kickoff returns, 43 punt return yards, 24 on two receptions ... Had 111 yards on four kickoff returns at Arizona ... Returned six kickoffs for 114 yards at Oregon State and had two catches (18 yards) ... Set a UCLA career record for kickoff returns in the game and passed assistant coach Reggie Moore for 19th on the career receiving list during the contest as well ... Totaled 215 all-purpose yards versus Washington ... Had 88 receiving yards to tie his career high on five catches and 121 on four kickoff returns ... One of his receptions was a diving 29-yard scoring catch which drew the Bruins to within 23-21 after his 59-yard kickoff return set up the drive ... Also made a 19-yard catch to set up another Bruin score.
Made four catches (35 yards) at Washington State ... Had 66 yards on three kickoff returns versus Arizona State ... Had 156 all-purpose yards at USC - 68 on three kickoff returns, 66 on four receptions, 16 on two runs and six on a couple of punt returns ... Totaled 178 all-purpose yards in UCLA's bowl win over Temple ... Had 82 yards on five kickoff returns, 57 on four punt returns, 41 yards on two catches and minus two on a rush ... His 47-yard punt return set up UCLA's first touchdown ... His 30-yard kickoff return to start the second half helped set the tone of the second half ... On that same drive, he took a play-action pass on a fourth-and-one situation and turned the corner to score from 32 yards out.
Earned second-team All-Pac-10 honors as a kick returner from the league's coaches ... Named first-team All-Pac-10 (kick returner) and third-team All-Pac-10 (wide receiver) by Phil Steele College Football magazine ... Second-team all-conference (returner) selection by Rivals.com ... Offensive winner of UCLA's Henry R. "Red" Sanders Award for Most Valuable Player ... Set a school record with 1,878 all-purpose yards (broke Maurice Jones-Drew 2005 mark of 1,863) ... Led the team with 53 receptions which were tied for 10th on school single-season list (sixth in Pac-10, 4.42/g) ... Ranked second in the Pac-10 and 16th nationally with his average of 156.60 all-purpose yards ... Fifth in the conference in kickoff returns (24.11), sixth in punt returns (9.52) and 19th in receiving yards (38.33) ... His 46 kickoff returns set a new school single-season record and he was the first to break the 1,000-yard barrier season mark for kickoff return yardage at the school (1,109) ... Only player in school history to gain over 200 yards on kickoff returns in a game twice (Fresno State-206, Cal-203) in a career ... Made his first start at receiver vs. Tennessee and had five catches (37 yards) ... Accounted for 191 all-purpose yards at BYU, including career-high eight catches for 88 yards ... Totaled 155 all-purpose yards against Arizona - five receptions (36), five kickoff returns (96), three punt returns (16) and seven rush yards ... Rang up 298 all-purpose yards on 13 touches against Fresno State ... Set a school record with 206 kickoff return yards and six attempts ... Led the team with seven catches (77) vs. WSU ... At Oregon, he accounted for 143 all-purpose yards, including 56 on four receptions ... Led Bruins with five catches for 50 yards vs. Stanford and scored his first career touchdown (two-yard pass) ... At Cal he totaled 249 all-purpose yards - seven kickoff returns for 203 yards, 35 punt return yards, six receiving yards, five rushing yards ... Made three catches for 22 yards vs. Oregon State and had 138 all-purpose yards ... Accounted for 93 all-purpose yards at Washington ... Totaled 188 all-purpose yards at Arizona State, including 131 on six kickoff returns ... Tied his career-best with eight catches at ASU (32) ... Led team with four receptions for 33 yards vs. USC, and 76 all-purpose yards.
As a true sophomore, he appeared in all 13 games off the bench ... Averaged 10.00 yards on 31 punt returns to rank fifth in the Pac-10 and 36th nationally ... His 31 returns were third-most ever in a season at UCLA ... Made 17 receptions for 248 yards to rank fourth on the squad ... Austin made one reception for 22 yards in the opener at Stanford and averaged 13.7 yards on three punt returns (long of 17 yards) ... Against BYU, he averaged 10.8 yards on five punt returns (long of 22) and did not make a reception ... At Utah, he made three receptions for 40 yards (long of 23) and ran once for seven yards ... He did not return a punt ... Against Washington, Austin made one reception for 57 yards, ran once for six yards and returned three punts for 19 yards (he had a long return negated by a penalty) ... He returned three punts for 14 yards at Oregon State ... Against Notre Dame, he returned two punts for four yards ... Against Cal, he made one reception for eight yards and returned two punts for a yard ... At Washington State, he led the team with a career-high five receptions for 45 yards ... At Arizona, he averaged 10.8 yards on five punt returns, including one for 17 yards ... Against Arizona State, he returned a punt 68 yards to the one-yard line to set up UCLA's only offensive touchdown ... Against Oregon, he had five punt returns for 42 yards, including returns of 20 and 19 yards, the latter setting up UCLA's fourth-quarter touchdown ... Against USC, he made three receptions for 42 yards, with a long of 36, and returned one punt for 15 yards before fumbling it ... In the Las Vegas Bowl, he made three receptions for 34 yards and lost a fumble on a punt return.
Saw action in 10 of UCLA's 13 games as a wide receiver and punt returner ... Missed three games (Oregon, Notre Dame and Washington St.) due to a hamstring injury ... Returned against California and made the first two receptions of his career on UCLA's first possession of the game (receptions of 16 and 13 yards), producing one first down ... Averaged 13.8 yards on punt returns, including one for 79 yards at Washington ... He played against Oregon State, Arizona State, USC and Florida State but did not make receptions in those games.
2006: Missed three games with an ankle injury.
Lettered four years in football at Long Beach Poly HS for coach Raul Lara ... Rated the No. 7 wide receiver nationally by ESPN.com ... Four-star prospect by rivals.com ... Four-star selection by scout.com ... Rated No. 9 nationally among wide receivers by scout.com ... Member of the scout.com Western 100 (No. 17) ... Rated No. 14 receiver by rivals.com ... Rated No. 41 prospect nationally by ESPN.com ... PrepStar All-American ... Super Prep All-American (No. 19 receiver) ... U.S. Army All-American ... Team captain his junior and senior seasons ... First-team All-CIF Southern Section Division I ... Named first-team all-league ... Played in the CaliFlorida Bowl ... First-team Long Beach Press Telegram Dream Team selection his senior season ... Had 48 catches for 891 yards and five touchdowns as a senior ... Also returned seven kickoffs for 299 yards and two touchdowns (42.7 average) ... Returned eight punts for 155 yards and one touchdown (19.4 average) ... As a junior, he caught 48 passes for 648 yards and eight touchdowns ... Also lettered four years in track and field for coach Don Norford ... 2005-06 National Scholastic Indoor Pentathlon champion ... Had high jump of 6'-10", 100m time of 10.7, long jump of 23'-0" and 110 HH time of 14.47.
Full Name: Terrence La'Mar Austin ... Born: August 25, 1988 in Long Beach, CA ... Parents: Larry and Terry Austin ... Has one brother, Ziar, and two sisters, Shanaira and Keisha... Biggest thrill in sports is running back two kickoff returns in the league championship game his senior season ... Famous athletes he admires are Sammie Parker of the Kansas City Chiefs and Steve Smith of the Carolina Panthers ... Hobbies include playing video games ... Director's Honor Roll in Fall 2006 ... Favorite class is British Literature ... Major undeclared.
Draft Scout Player News
01/02/13 - WR Terrence Austin was signed to a contract for 2013 by the Lions.