October 2, 2008

Terrence Austin is a record maker

Junior wide receiver, Terrence Austin had what appeared to be his breakout game against Fresno State. It was that type performance that made him one of the most sought after recruits in the nation three years ago when he was a standout for Long Beach (Calif.) Poly. BruinBlitz.com talked to Austin the other day after practice.

BruinBlitz.com: You bounced back from hard day against Arizona to have your best day as Bruin, even setting the single game kickoff record for UCLA. Can you tell us going into the week of Fresno State and did anybody come and tell you to step up?

Austin: "No, not really. Going into the week I really felt like I needed a breakthrough individually as a player. I also knew that the team needed some playmaking ability out there and I just felt like I had to do something myself to try and step it up.

"So basically I told myself that I had to step up and makes sure my technique was right on punt return and not muffing anymore punts. I challenged myself to handle every ball, and catch every ball thrown to me. Again I told myself that I wanted to step up.

"I also had a talk with my dad earlier in the week and he just told me that it is getting close for my time to get looked at by scouts and stuff. He told me that I have to learn to be reckless out there and ruthless. To really just have the mindset to want to be a playmaker and I have to really play like one. I just have to keep that mindset.

"Not that I haven't had it, I just have to stress it more to myself and that's probably what you've seen when I was out there looking like I was running a lot harder and making a lot more moves and stuff, because I had that in mind."

For the rest of the interview please go to BruinBlitz.com...

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