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Tavon Austin earns NFC special teams player of the month nod

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Rams rookie wide receiver Tavon Austin, whose big-play flair has helped propel St. Louis to two straight wins, has garnered NFC special teams player of the month honors for November from the NFL.

Austin’s 98-yard second-quarter punt return touchdown helped break open the Rams’ 38-8 win at Indianapolis on Nov. 10. Showing the savvy of an experienced returner and displaying special vision, change-of-direction ability and quickness, Austin fielded a bouncing punt and sprinted down the St. Louis sideline on his way to his first regular-season return score.

At first, Austin motioned as if he wanted his teammates to get away from the bouncing ball. Then, he snatched it up, and within a few seconds, he was gone.

The No. 8 overall pick in the 2013 draft, Austin would later add TD catches of 57 and 81 yards as the underdog Rams stunned the Colts. Two weeks later, Austin would score a 65-yard rushing touchdown on the Rams’ third offensive play in a 41-21 victory vs. Chicago.

A dynamic player at West Virginia, Austin’s playmaking ability is starting to shine through on pro football’s highest level, as the Colts and Bears too well know.

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7 Responses to “Tavon Austin earns NFC special teams player of the month nod”
  1. matt24bucs says: Nov 27, 2013 12:15 PM

    I thought this guy was the best player in last springs draft. With Austin, you always have a chance because he is always the fastest player on the field. Wish Tampa would have gotten him.

  2. vicnocal says: Nov 27, 2013 12:47 PM

    So he basically won Special Teams Player of the Month just for having that one punt return against the Colts? What else did he do on special teams during the month?

  3. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 27, 2013 12:53 PM

    Geno Smith misses him.

  4. ravenswhat says: Nov 27, 2013 1:03 PM

    Hey I know let’s give this guy less than 10 touches per game!

  5. schmitty2 says: Nov 27, 2013 1:43 PM

    Glad to see Schottenheimer woke up and decided to also use him on offense more as well but he still is not getting enough touches.

  6. garyhd01 says: Nov 27, 2013 2:49 PM

    tavon along with stedman will slowly but surely see more touches and as the defenses try to scheme to take away tavon, brian jared steman and the others will find more room to do damage on another note i have seen mike evans connected to us thru the rams pick with the first rounder from washington im not sure if thats the way to go but in fisher we trust so ill wait and watch. GO RAMS !!

  7. jennatoast says: Nov 29, 2013 6:07 AM

    Ok vicnocal so who should’ve won instead?

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