Steelers Throwback Thursdays: Calvin Austin III goes for 200+ yards in college

Before the NFL officially gears up for the 2022-23 season, Steel City Underground will be taking fans back in time to feature events, special moments, and historical times in the world of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Steelers Nation. Join us as we revisit these moments in our “Steelers Throwback Thursdays”.

The Steelers 4th Round pick, Calvin Austin III had a big season at Memphis. On September 11, 2021, the Memphis Tigers played the Arkansas State Red Wolves in Jonesboro, Arkansas.

The game was a back-and-forth, high-scoring battle between the two schools. Newly-drafted Steelers WR, Calvin Austin III, led the way for the Tigers with six receptions for 239 total yards. The speedster caught three touchdowns as well, one of which went for 75 yards.

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Austin III’s first catch of the game came during the Tigers first drive. On 3rd and 5, Memphis quarterback Seth Henigan found Austin III for a 55-yard touchdown. During their next drive, Austin moved the chains twice to help extend the drive for an eventual touchdown for the Tigers. Time went on and Calvin found the endzone again in the 3rd quarter off of a 50-yard receiving touchdown.

At the beginning of the 4th quarter, Calvin catches another long pass, this time for 37 yards. This drive also ended in a touchdown for Memphis. Once the Tigers got the ball back, Austin III had his biggest and longest catch of the season and collegiate career.

The quarterback drops back and finds Austin III in the middle of the field and quickly breaks away from all defenders, running over 50 yards after the catch for a touchdown.

Austin III finished the season with 74 receptions for 1,149 yards and eight touchdowns.

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