It was awesome to read this glowing profile of Bruin alum Terrence Austin in the Washington Post this morning. Rick Maese has a glowing profile on the former UCLA WR calling him the Redskins' "biggest preseason surprise" who looks to be on his way in securing a spot in team's 53-man roster:
"He doesn't scream NFL talent, but he is," offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said. "It's because he's quick, he's detailed on everything and you can go to him in any situation. Quarterbacks love him. He showed last year what he was, but it takes those guys a little bit of time to figure out the NFL, and to get that swagger. But you can tell he's got it now."
Generously listed at 5 feet 11 and 175 pounds, Austin was a seventh-round pick out of UCLA a year ago who had hoped to earn a roster spot as a rookie. When the Redskins made their cuts, Austin had trouble processing the news that he'd begin his pro career on the practice squad.
"I struggled with trying to figure out, ‘Do I really belong in the league? Am I good enough?' " he said. "I thought I'd worked hard, but it was an internal struggle, all these things I'd never thought about before.
"I couldn't understand what it was that prevented me from making it, especially when I thought that I was good enough."
Through dedication and hard work Austin appears to have it figured out as he has racked up a team-high 140 receiving yards on 10 catches this pre-season. He also scored a TD last week against the Ravens and also for good measure threw "a key block that led to another." Austin has gotten noticed by the elder Shanahan himself:
"He's been a student of the game, he's a guy who's working out all the time," Mike Shanahan said. "So it really doesn't surprise us that he's taken his game to a different level."
You should read the entire Post profile by going here.
Hopefully Austin continues to keep improving. With him and Chris Horton, I guess we will now have to keep a close eye on the Redskins on Sundays.