On Campus: Rob Austin earns D3football.com honor at Wisconsin-Platteville
By Mike Walsh For Sun-Times Media August 29, 2014 6:10PM
Rob Austin, of Wisconsin-Platteville | Supplied photo
Updated: October 1, 2014 6:26AM
Wisconsin-Platteville cornerback Rob Austin said he was “kind of shocked” when he learned he was one of two Pioneers chosen to the 2014 D3football.com preseason All-American Second Team.
Judging by last season’s statistics, the Calumet City resident should not have been.
In helping Platteville go 10-2 and 6-1 in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, Austin finished with 41 tackles, three blocked kicks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
The T.F. North graduate, who is majoring in health promotion with the goal of becoming a personal trainer, also tied for the team lead in interceptions with three while defending a team-best 17 passes.
“I didn’t think about (being chosen a preseason All-American) until one of my friends told me,” Austin said. “I was with my friends and family when I found out, so I was excited.”
As the three-year starter should have been.
Among the accolades the 5-foot-11, 165-pound Austin earned last season were being named a third-team All-American, in addition to first-team All-Region and All-WIAC honors.
“I like to be physical and be hands-on with a player,” Austin said. “I also like to drop back in coverage. I want to switch it up and give (opposing quarterbacks) a different look to try to confuse them.
“I think I’m a great teacher. I always prepare for the week and watch the other quarterbacks. I watch to see if they take a three-step (drop) or five-step. I watch what the wide receivers do and I watch what routes they run and how they react to the quarterback.”
Along with Austin’s individual recognition, the Pioneers also begin the season with high expectations as they are ranked No. 8 in the country. Platteville starts the 2014 campaign Sept. 6 at Buena Vista (Iowa).
“It means a lot, considering where we came from being unranked to being No. 8,” Austin said. “As a team, we love it.
“We want to be great and be better and have a better season than last season. We want to play hard, play physical and play smart.
“We want to take it one day at a time, one practice at a time and one game at a time.”
Brett Maus (Andrew) was one of three Saint Joseph College (Indiana) athletes chosen to the 2014 Great Lakes Valley Conference East Division First Team in baseball.
Maus, a left-handed pitcher, was 5-5 with a 3.31 ERA. A senior, Maus allowing 26 earned runs in 702/3 innings. The Tinley Park native struck out 58 while walking 10.
The University of Indianapolis’ Dan Eliopulos (Andrew) also was feted by the GLVC, earning a place on the All-GLVC East Division Second Team.
The senior DH/first baseman batted .320 with a .450 on-base percentage. The Tinley Park resident also drove in 16 runs and scored 15.
Taking a Raske
Saint Mary’s (Minnesota) junior catcher/outfielder Alex Raske was chosen to the 2014 All-Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Honorable Mention team in softball.
Raske, a Mother McAuley grad, batted .348 in MIAC play with a team-high seven doubles. She added one triple, one home run, 16 runs and 14 RBI.
Overall, Raske led the Cardinals with a .381 batting average. The Chicagoan totaled 24 runs, 20 RBI and a .469 on-base percentage.