Biography: Three-year starter at both guard and center. All-Conference selection as a senior.
Positives: Tough, slug-it-out small area blocker. Strong at the point, jolts defenders with good hand punch, and turns them from the action. Displays solid blocking vision and works to finish blocks. Stays square and anchors in pass protection. Works to bend his knees and block with leverage.
Negatives: Limited athlete effective in just a small area. Over-extends into blocks, struggles to adjust and is exploited by athletic opponents. Not a dominant drive blocker.
Analysis: Highly rated by analysts in the past, Austin is a hard-working lineman yet limited athlete with marginal upside. The ability to play center or guard gives him a chance as an inexpensive backup.
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