ST. LOUIS -- Tavon Austin has little to show after the first five games of his rookie season with the St. Louis Rams. His best plays have been the ones that were called back.
Austin had four returns for just 15 yards in Sunday's win over Jacksonville. The elusive rookie from West Virginia had 72 yards of punt returns wiped out by his teammates' illegal blocks.
The 5-foot-8 Austin also had a 25-yard catch against the Jaguars and finished with three receptions for 32 yards. He also dropped two passes.
Apparently frustrated, Austin left the locker room after the game just as reporters were being allowed in and did not speak. After practice Wednesday, Austin insisted he was not disheartened.
"I definitely was not frustrated,'' Austin said. "I just got up and I had family outside. I wasn't frustrated at all. We got the win and that's all that matters.''
A jack-of-all-trades at West Virginia, Austin had 114 catches for 1,289 yards with 12 touchdowns last season with the Mountaineers. He added 643 yards rushing along with five TDs. Austin also handled the kickoff and punt return duties.
He was especially good as a receiver in college, gaining yards after the catch when the Mountaineers got him the ball in space. Space is harder to find in the NFL.