Notre Dame WR Kevin Austin talks Fiesta Bowl, future

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Notre Dame wide receiver Kevin Austin has been discussed for his great potential for seemingly years. Injuries and off-the-field issues kept Austin from reaching that potential for a long while however.

That is until this regular season when Austin hauled in 42 receptions for 783 yards and six touchdowns.

Will Austin, who still has eligibility remaining, return for another go at Notre Dame or will he dip his feet in the NFL draft waters?

He discussed that and the Fiesta Bowl ahead of Saturday’s contest versus Oklahoma State.

Third down development and his future plans

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“Oh, yeah, I’m going to take my time and figure out what I’m going to do, focus on the game. But, yeah, for the third down kind of going to me, I would say that just evolved over the season, just building more confidence just within the offense and myself.”

On relationship with Jack Coan

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Oh, yeah, over time, in the summer, we got to throw around a little bit, which was good. But throughout the season, we’ve really got time to sit and work on different routes and different concepts to be able to be on time for them. So I would say over the time, we just built a stronger and stronger connection.”

On being Notre Dame's big play threat

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I mean, in my mind, it’s always to dominate my opponent, the man standing in front of me. I feel like every play is a one-on-one. So I never try to lose a one-on-one. So every time I go out on the field, I try to dominate.”

Any offensive changes?

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I mean, Coach [Tommy] Rees has been the same person every single day. I don’t think that there’s a lot that’s changed about him. He’s consistent every single day. What he says is consistent. So I don’t think that there’s really anything intangible or anything that’s different about him taking over or anything like that.”

Added pressure for Freeman's debut?

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No, I wouldn’t say that’s the mindset. I would say the mindset is always like we have another game to win and they’re another team on the schedule, and that’s who we have to compete against. And at the end of the day, Coach Freeman, I understand that it’s his first game and everything. But he’s told us the standard and he’s told us what we have to do and what there is to do to win this game. And we know that. So I don’t think that anything is different or more pressure or anything like that. I feel like we’re the same people every single day.”

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