(FootballSTL) -- Two weeks ago when rookie WR Tavon Austin busted onto the scene in the NFL with three touchdowns it was the first of what many on the Rams hoped would be many games like that.
It took Austin one game to follow up on that tremendous performance.
Austin scored from 65 yards out on his very first touch of the game in the first quarter, the Rams longest rush since Marshall Faulk went for 70 in 2001.
“The coaches called a great play,” Austin said. “It was a reverse and I came back around with it. I had two key blocks out there, Chris (Givens) and A.P. (WR Austin Pettis) and I let my speed handle the rest.”
According to the NFL, Austin is now the first player in league history with a 95-plus yard punt return touchdown, 80-plus yard reception touchdown and a 65-plus yard rushing touchdown in a season.
“Yeah, he’s a tremendous athlete,” Jeff Fisher said. “His stop-and-start ability is impressive. You know, we’ve had that in for a while and we pushed it up on the calling list today. Big play for us.”
“I think, obviously, Tavon is finding his niche here,” Kellen Clemens said. “We’re doing a good job, as a coaching staff, of finding ways to get him the ball. He’s a very unique talent, got great speed, got great vision. It’s a great job by him making plays. Then obviously, it was blocked very well. I think (TE) Lance (Kendricks) and maybe it was (WRs Brian) Quick or (Chris) Givens or something out there on the outside. A great job really as a unit on that.”
“It’s huge. With his speed and his quickness he can make things happen that a lot of other guys can’t, and for ‘Schotty’ (Offensive Coordinator Brian Schottenheimer) to use that to our ability to help us out, it’s huge,” Jared Cook said.
Austin also says things are getting much simpler for him now that he’s more than halfway done with his first NFL season.
“Definitely slowing down. I’ve been put in great situations so far and I’m glad I took advantage of them and I hope they keep coming. Hopefully I’ll keep taking advantage of them,” Austin said.