CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- 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.
The award is named for the 1972 Heisman Trophy winner from Nebraska who made his mark as a return specialist. Austin will receive the award at an April 4 banquet in Omaha, Neb.