WOW! About time they figured out to give Tavon the ball!
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Tavon Austin, the St. Louis Rams’ rookie receiver and returner, announced his presence to the NFL by telling his teammates to get away from a bouncing football. Tavon time was about to begin.
A little more than 12 seconds and 98 yards after ignoring his own advice, Austin found himself standing in the Indianapolis Colts’ end zone, ball in hand and ready to celebrate his first NFL punt return for a touchdown.
“He got the football in his hands and I found myself saying, ‘Get away, get away, get away,’” Rams coach Jeff Fisher said. “And I went from ‘Get away, get away, get away’ to ‘Go, go, go.’”
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And go, go, go was about all Austin did in the Rams’ stunning 38-8 victory over the Colts on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Austin added touchdown catches of 57 and 81 yards to the goody bag from his coming-out party. By the time Austin was through, he had 314 all-purpose yards, the second most in franchise history, and his 98-yard punt return was the second longest in Rams history and tied for third longest in NFL history.