Holgorsen now hopes that Austin can make things happen when he doesn't have the ball, too. That's where that speed comes in. Austin can be quicker down the field, quicker to pull defenders with him, quicker to get to blocks.
But Austin has also improved his strength in the offseason, which makes him an even more dangerous threat.
"He's got great hand-eye coordination. He's strong,'' Holgorsen said. "There are guys with muscles who aren't strong. He's got a grip, and he's got strength. He can snatch that thing out of the air. I don't know what his vertical is. I hate that weight room. I don't go down there.''
How an improved Austin will play into West Virginia's offensive plans for 2012 remains to be seen. After all, he averaged almost eight catches a game last season, along with a rush or two per game on which he averaged 11.4 yards. He also returned two kickoffs for touchdowns and averaged 14.1 yards on punt returns.
Then again, in the bowl game, he caught four passes more than his average, doubled his receiving touchdown total and couldn't have done much more. All of which led Holgorsen to crack that perhaps we've already seen his plans for Austin next season.
"We've got to get him the ball more. We did that in the bowl game. He touched it quite a bit," Holgorsen said. "Let's try to do that again.''
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