He's worked on his strength.
"I feel a lot stronger in my legs," Austin said. "It's going to show in one of these games. It will show in my speed."
He's worked on his handle.
"I want to lower my dropped passes from last year," Austin said. "I think I had nine. This year, I'm trying to have none. That's my No. 1 focus. It's just being focused."
And he's worked on his repertoire.
"In the summer I really worked on catching punts," Austin said. "That was my main thing. Last year I really didn't do a good job. I muffed punts."
Understand, though, he ranked No. 6 nationally and No. 1 in the Big East in punt returns with a 14.1-yard average. He was No. 20 nationally in kickoff returns (26.6).
"My personal goals are, one, to get through the season healthy; two, a national championship; and, three, to make the NFL and make my dream come true," Austin said.
Barring injury, Austin's dream should come true.
OK, at least one of them.
His favorite playing position nowadays?
"Running back, still," Austin said with a grin. "Get the ball in my hands fast."
And the current will flow.
Reach Mitch Vingle at 304-348-4827, mitchvin...@wvgazette.com or follow him at twitter.com/MitchVingle.