Rodney Austin began turning heads his Junior year at Elon, earning a First-Team All-SoCon from the League’s coaches. He started 10 games his junior year, played in 10 games his sophomore year and 7 his red-shirt freshman year. An injury to his foot cost him the majority of his senior year, though that injury is fully healed as he heads into the NFL Draft.
”Rodney Austin fits the mold of the new ’athletic’ offensive linemen. Many teams still like the straight-ahead maulers, but other teams are moving to more agile, athletic linemen and Rodney fits that mold,” commented Mark Magazu, President of Atlas Strategies. ”Rodney is a fantastic person, very intelligent, and he has a real desire to play the game of football. With his skill set, athleticism and personal fortitude, I believe he’ll have a very solid NFL career. He’s made to play football.”
2010: Started all 10 games in which he appeared… Named third-team All-American by Phil Steele… Selected as a first-team All-SoCon member by the league’s coaches… 2009: Saw action in 10 games, making five starts… 2008: Appeared in seven contests as a red-shirt freshman… 2007: Red-shirted.
Prep: Amassed 56 knockdowns, helping coach Greg Hill’s East Mecklenburg team to the 2006 state playoffs… Team captain… Led his unit in knockdown and pancake blocks en route to claiming all-conference and all-county accolades… Set East Mecklenburg power clean record (325 pounds) and was named the school’s “lifter of the year” as a senior.
Personal: Son of Sean and Cheryl Hayes… Born December 4, 1988… Majoring in human services.