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Redshirt Roundup: Daylen Austin

by:Linden Hile07/06/24
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As part of a series on some potentially under-the-radar redshirt freshmen for Oregon Football, I’ll be taking a look at Daylen Austin today to see where he fits into the Ducks’ 2024 outlook and beyond.

Austin came to Oregon via Long Beach Poly High School in Long Beach (CA) where he was a four-star prospect rated as the No. 10 cornerback in the 2023 recruiting cycle.

Standing 6-1 and weighing in at 195 pounds as of his last official weigh-in, Austin has a typical frame for a cornerback.

He’s likely closer to 200 pounds now with a full year in Oregon’s strength and conditioning program under his belt which should make him, at least physically, a capable tackler in the open field.

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Austin spent last season developing behind cornerbacks Khyree Jackson, Trikweze Bridges, and Nikko Reed, to name a few.

Austin appeared in three games for the Ducks as a true freshman in 2023, recording three total tackles with a pass defended.

The fact that Austin appeared at all for Oregon as a true freshman speaks to the potential Dan Lanning and staff see in him as a player.

Several redshirts I’ve covered thus far did not appear in any games in their first seasons, so having a few appearances under his belt should give Austin a leg up on others heading into 2024.

2024 looks like it will provide Austin no easy opportunity to see the field as Oregon returns a number of young players from last season as well as starters Jabbar Muhammad and Kam Alexander from the transfer portal.

In addition to returners and transfers, Oregon added Ify Obidegwu, Sione Laulea, and Dakoda Fields at the cornerback position through traditional recruiting in the latest cycle.

Look for Austin to play a reserve/relief role for Oregon this season and appear in a solid chunk of its games.

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