Tavon Austin adds to award collection

EARTH CITY, Mo. -- St. Louis Rams rookie receiver/running back/returner Tavon Austin has burst on the scene in the team's past two games and earned his first NFC special teams player of the week award for his work against Indianapolis on Nov. 10.

On Wednesday morning, Austin added a monthly prize to his growing collection as the NFC named him the special teams player of the month for November. That goes to show what a scintillating 98-yard punt return for a touchdown can do considering the Rams have played just three games this month.

Austin is the first rookie in Rams' history to win any of the player of the month awards and the first rookie returner to win it since Arizona's Patrick Peterson did it in November of 2011.

Austin's return numbers for the month including a 25.33 yard per return average on kickoffs and a 22.38 yard per return average on punts to go with the aforementioned touchdown.

We covered some of the historic numbers Austin posted in this morning's Ram-blings but many of those are a product of his total performance and not just on special teams. Regardless, I think it's reasonable to think this is probably a harbinger of more awards to come, especially if Austin can complete the grand slam and start taking a kickoff or two all the way to the end zone.