And it's not as if Austin was wasting away as a slot receiver, occasional running back and punt and kick returner. Kansas coach Charlie Weis was talking the other day about his versatility and all that West Virginia does with him.
"At running back he is as good as I've seen there. At wide receiver he's good there,'' Weis said. "He comes in motion and they do this little touch pass where the quarterback doesn't even catch the shotgun snap; he taps it forward to him. And he's also their kickoff returner and punt returner.
"Other than that, he provides no worth at all to their team.''
Indeed, over his career, no one in school history has caught more passes (280) for more yards (3,273) than Austin. No one has returned more kickoffs (91) for more yards (2,286) or more touchdowns (4). No one has more all-purpose yards (6,949).
Given those numbers and his size, it's kind of hard to argue that Austin was misused or underutilized. Still, it would have been really interesting to see what he could have done running the ball more than 87 times in four years.
And finally, Wes Lyons has written a book.
Yes, that Wes Lyons, who played 48 games for the Mountaineers between 2006 and 2009 without ever remaining healthy enough to realize the kind of potential that a 6-8, 230-pound receiver might have.
The book is titled "The Pursuit with Patience" and it chronicles just about everything from his early life in suburban Pittsburgh, his recruitment, his time at West Virginia and his brief flings in pro football. It's not intended so much as a biography as a lesson in not giving up and the hurdles along the way.
Oh, and something young people might want to read.
"Kids don't like to read. Players don't even like to read,'' Lyons said. "I figured I'd give them something to read and something they'd like to read and be interested in.''
The book was released Monday and is available on Amazon or at Lyons' website, wesleylyons.com.
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