Terrence Austin admits that he came to the Washington Redskins as a rookie in 2010 primarily playing football as an athlete first with a lot to learn as a wide receiver.
Since that time, the UCLA product said he’s been become a student of the game in an effort to mold himself into a professional wide receiver.
Austin joined ESPN980’s “The Sports Fix” Thursday and talked about the endeavor as he heads into his third professional season.
“When I got here, I didn’t really understand how to be a pro,” Austin said. “What I mean by that is understanding the intangibles of a wide receiver — making sure I run a route a certain way against man or zone coverage. You know, just simple things like that, and also just being a student of the game — being in the film room and just taking advantage of learning of guys who were ahead of me like Santana Moss.”
Austin — who said his “bread and butter was the return game” when he came to the Redskins — said he still has some work to do in his eyes before reaching his Santana Moss-esque potential.
“I’ve been able to absorb a lot of that stuff,” he said. “I still have a lot of stuff I have to learn. I’m pretty much just learning how to be a pro now, and I feel like that’s what I’ve gotten better at since I got here.”
Like the rest of the teammates, Austin will have the next few weeks off to train on his own before training camp starts towards the end of July.
But before he heads home, Austin is giving area children a chance to spend a week learning the game of football through his football camp.
The Terrence Austin Football Camp is June 18-22 at St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School in Alexandria, Va. It’s open to all students ages 6-15 and costs $199 per camper.
“When we did it last year, the kids had a ball,” Austin told ESPN980 Thursday. “They were begging me to have another day. So I promised them that when I had the opportunity to make it happen, I would. We’re back this year, so we’re going to give them a week-long camp this time.”
Austin said his camp will teach students “how to do all the right things to become a good football player,” like “leadership skills” and how to “try to function as a group and not an individual.”
It’s not too late to register. Visit www.terrenceaustin.com for more information.
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