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Notre Dame WR Kevin Austin Jr. Declares for 2022 NFL Draft

January 2, 2022

Notre Dame receiver Kevin Austin Jr. has declared for the 2022 NFL Draft as he issued a statement on Sunday afternoon: 

"First and foremost, I want to thank God, my mom and my dad. 

To my family: Thank you for all the sacrifices you've made throughout my life to get me to this point. You are the only ones that truly know what it's taken to turn my dreams into reality and I can never repay you all. It hasn't been easy and I am beyond blessed to have each of you in my life. 

To my coaches: Thank you for making me the best version of myself both on and off the field. The player and man you have molded me into over the past four years has established a strong blueprint for future success. I am forever thankful for your belief in me and will continue to make you proud. 

To my teammates: It has been the greatest honor of my life taking the field with you guys for the past 4 years. The relationships we have created will last a lifetime and I will never take the memories we made for granted. All of you will forever be my brothers. 

To the Notre Dame community and fans: Thank you from the bottom of my heart for making these four years the best of my life. I will always cherish our time together and your unwavering support through the many ups and downs is something I will be eternally grateful for. You make me proud to call myself an alumni from the greatest school in the world. 

With all that being said, I am beyond excited to announce that I will be declaring for the 2022 NFL Draft. 

God bless and Go Irish." 

The 6-foot-2, 215-pounder had quite an interesting career at Notre Dame as Austin didn’t essentially play for two years following the 2018 campaign. 

Austin was suspended for the 2019 season and then battled through injuries in 2020 as he played in just two games. 2021 was kind to Austin as he recorded 48 catches for 888 yards and seven touchdowns. 

In his last game, Austin played one of his best as he recorded six catches for 105 yards and one score against Oklahoma State in the Fiesta Bowl. 

The Florida native has always made decisions with conviction and Austin doesn't lack confidence in his abilities. 

“In my mind, it's always to dominate my opponent, the man standing in front of me,” Austin said days before the Fiesta Bowl. “I feel like every play is a one-on-one. I never try to lose a one-on-one. So every time I go out on the field, I try to dominate.” 

Austin ends his Notre Dame career with 54 receptions for 996 yards and seven touchdowns. 

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