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Thomas Austin biography

Date of birth : 1986-11-14
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Camden, South Carolina
Nationality : American
Category : Sports
Last modified : 2010-12-02
Credited as : Football player NFL, offensive lineman for the New England patriots, Pro Bowl/NFL Draft player

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Thomas Austin is an American football offensive lineman who is currently a practice squad player for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. He was signed by the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent in 2010. He played college football at Clemson.

Thomas Austin was signed to the Patriots practice squad on September 29, 2010...Originally signed by Minnesota as a rookie free agent (04/24/10)...Waived by Minnesota (09/04/10)...Signed by Minnesota to the practice squad (09/05/10)...Waived by Minnesota from the practice squad (09/06/10).

College
Austin chose to attend Clemson University over Maryland, Penn State, South Carolina, Vanderbilt, and Wake Forest. He redshirted as a freshman in 2005 and was named the offensive scout team player of the year by the Clemson coaching staff. In 2006, Austin played 177 snaps, posting 22 knockdown blocks and three intimidation blocks. As a sophomore in 2007, he started 12 games, including four at right guard and eight at center. He led the team in knockdown blocks with 90 and in offensive snaps with 780. He was twice named Atlantic Coast Conference Offensive Lineman of the Week and was an honorable mention sophomore All-American by CollegeFootballNews.com.

In 2008, as a junior, Austin started 13 games and was three times named ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week, while leading his team with 98 knockdown blocks. He was named to the All-ACC second team as a center after the season. In 2009, Austin started every game again as a senior co-captain, and was named to the All-ACC second team for a second straight season, this time as a guard. He was also named a third team All-American by Sporting News, and led his team with 112 knockdown blocks in 2009.

Minnesota Vikings
After going undrafted in the 2010 NFL Draft, Austin signed with the Minnesota Vikings on April 24, 2010. He was waived by the team during final cuts on September 4, 2010.

New England Patriots
The New England Patriots signed Austin to their practice squad on September 29, 2010.

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