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Tavon Austin is top return specialist

Updated: March 11, 2013, 5:16 PM ET
Associated Press

OMAHA, Neb. -- West Virginia's Tavon Austin has been named winner of the Johnny Rodgers Award as the top return specialist in college football in 2012.

Austin was second nationally in all-purpose yardage and averaged 12.7 yards on punt returns and 25.4 yards on kick returns. He returned one punt and one kick for touchdowns. The 5-foot-9, 175-pound Austin is projected to be a first-round NFL draft pick as a receiver.

Rodgers announced Austin as the winner on Monday. The award is named ...

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