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USU Football - Getting the ball to Matt Austin

For the past two weeks, Utah State wide receiver Matt Austin is seeing the byproduct of being one of USU's best and most dangerous offensive weapons - the double team.

Austin hasn't received many touches against Southern Utah and Utah. What he has received is plenty of attention everywhere he goes, and that only figures to continue against Wisconsin on Saturday.

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That's left the coaching staff searching for answers.

"We have to find a way to get that kid the ball," is how Gary Andersen put it. "He's got to be a bigger part of the offense."

Of course, things haven't been all dry for Austin, a senior. He caught a 34-yard touchdown pass against Southern Utah. He caught an important pass against the Utes, beating his man on an offsides call for a huge completion that led to a touchdown.

On the whole, however, it's clear that the Aggies are going to need to be creative in getting him touches. Teams aren't going to let him beat them by himself.

"I take it in stride," Austin said. "It's all about winning and making positive plays. I'm going to do whatever it takes, so I'm never going to pout. Of course you want to get the ball more. But wins are more important."

Tony Jones



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