He played a very small role in the Cowboys offense his first three seasons after going undrafted out of tiny Monmouth University. Then came his first career start o October 11, 2009 at Arrowhead Stadium against the Kansas City Chiefs. That’s when everything changed for Austin.
Filling in for Roy Williams, the receiver was the difference in a 26-20 overtime victory. When the dust settled, he had 10 catches for 250 yards and two touchdowns, including a 60-yard game winner.
The 250 yards was a franchise record for the Cowboys and gave Austin the boost he needed to take the next step in his career.
“I’ve been starting since then,” the receiver told the team’s official sites. “I knew I was going to start, so I wanted to make sure I was on top of all my assignments, pretty much the same thing I’m doing now. I just knew I was going to play in the game more that week.”
The only players that remember that game more than Austin are the former Chiefs that are now on the Dallas sidelines.
“Miles got his name from 2009,” CB Brandon Carr said. “That performance, we heard a lot about him going into that week. He showed up and took over the game. That’s those games that kind of spark players’ careers. That was a catalyst to get to where he is right now. Hopefully, he can have that same type of game this week.”
Carr and the Cowboys sure could use that sort of performance from Austin again. He hasn’t been nearly as consistent of a threat since back-to-back Pro Bowl seasons in 2009 and 2010. Last week against the Giants the receiver hauled in 10 passes, but for just 72 yards and was unable to find the end zone.