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Tavon Austin collects top return man award

West Virginia return man/receiver Tavon Austin has been named the Johnny Rodgers Award winner as the nation's top return specialist.

From The Associated Press:

Rodgers announced Austin as the winner on Monday. The award is named for the 1972 Heisman Trophy winner from Nebraska who made his mark as a return specialist.

Austin will receive the award at an April 4 banquet in Omaha. Proceeds will benefit Rodgers' foundation, which works to keep at-risk youth on track to graduate from high school.

Arkansas' Joe Adams won the two-year old award in 2011.

Austin returned both a punt and a kick for scores in 2012, and averaged 12.7 yards on punt returns and 25.4 yards on kick returns. He was second nationally in all-purpose yardage.