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Teryl Austin

Teryl Austin

  • Defensive Coordinator/Cornerbacks

Coaching Experience

2010 Florida (Defensive Coordinator/Cornerbacks)
2007-09 Arizona Cardinals (Defensive Backs)
2003-06 Seattle Seahawks (Defensive Backs)
1999-2002 Michigan (Defensive Backs)
1996-98 Syracuse (Defensive Backs)
1993-95 Wake Forest (Defensive Backs)
1991-92 Penn State (Graduate Assistant)

Coaching Accomplishments

  • Has 20 years of coaching experience, including 12 at the collegiate level and seven as an NFL defensive backs coach with the Arizona Cardinals (2007-09) and Seattle Seahawks (2003-06). Austin helped lead both Seattle and Arizona into the Super Bowl as NFC Champions.
  • Led the Gator secondary to a No. 3 ranking in SEC pass defense and SEC pass defense efficiency in 2010, while ranking second in the conference with 17 interceptions.
  • Under his guidance, cornerback Janoris Jenkins was named a first-team All-SEC selection in 2010.
  • Previously coached alongside Florida offensive coordinator Steve Addazio at Syracuse and Gator quarterbacks coach Scot Loeffler at Michigan.
  • Under Austin's tutelage, 2008 first-round pick Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie led the Cardinals with four interceptions during the regular season and had two more in the playoffs during Arizona's run to Super Bowl XLIII.
  • In 2007, Austin's secondary helped the Cardinals lead the NFL in interception returns for touchdowns (six) and in return yardage (551). Cornerbacks Rod Hood and Antrel Rolle each had five interceptions with Rolle returning three of them for touchdowns and Hood returning two. Rolle's 231 return yards were good for second in team history, and his two interception returns for touchdowns against Cincinnati (Nov. 18) tied an NFL record.
  • During his tenure in Seattle, Austin was instrumental in the development of the Seahawks' secondary heavily pieced together through the NFL Draft, mentoring draft picks Marcus Trufant (first round, 2003), Ken Hamlin (second round, 2003), Michael Boulware (second round, 2004) and Kelly Jennings (first round, 2006).
  • In winning the NFC in 2005 in Seattle, Austin's secondary, despite missing a combined 19 games due to injury, helped carry the Seahawks to the Super Bowl. The defensive backfield was led by Boulware, who in only his second NFL season led the team in interceptions (four) and was second on the team in tackles (73).
  • In 2004, Austin coached a group of Seahawks defensive backs that, for just the second time in team history (1984), had three different players intercept at least five passes and for the first time since 1984, all four starters intercepted at least four. Collectively, the Seahawks ranked third in the NFL with 23 interceptions and collected at least one pick in all but two games.
  • Prior to joining the Seahawks in 2003, Austin was an assistant for 12 years at the collegiate  level, where he also coached defensive backs. He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Penn State (1991-92) before heading to Wake Forest (1993-95), Syracuse (1996-98) and Michigan (1999-2002).
  • At Syracuse, he mentored All-Americans Donovin Darius and Kevin Abrams. Darius was named the 1997 Big East Conference Player of the Year and went on to become a first-round NFL Draft pick with fellow defensive back Tebucky Jones – the first time in Syracuse history that two Orange were selected in the first round.
  • He also coached NFL talents Will Allen (Dolphins) and Keith Bulluck (Titans) at Syracuse and tutored Marlin Jackson (Colts) and Cato June (Colts) while at Michigan.
  • Austin also helped lead teams to seven consecutive bowl berths from 1996-2002.

Prominent Players Coached


  • CB JANORIS JENKINS – First-team All-SEC pick by the AP and second-team pick by the coaches' and Phil Steele.


  • CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie – The first-round pick reached the PFWA and Sporting News All-Rookie team in 2008 with four interceptions and followed that up with a six-pick season in 2009 to earn Pro Bowl honors in his second NFL season.
  • S Antrel Rolle – Grabbed 10 interceptions and returned four for touchdowns in three seasons under Austin, including the 2007 season in which he picked five passes and returned them 231 yards for three touchdowns.
  • SS ADRIAN WILSON – A three-time Pro-Bowler (2006, '08, ‘09) was selected to the 2009 All-Pro team after recording 73 tackles, five interceptions, two sacks and a fumble recovery on the season.


  • CB MARLIN JACKSON – A two-time All-American and two-time first-team All-Big Ten selection was a first-round pick by the Indianapolis Colts in the 2005 NFL Draft. A four-year starter for the Wolverines, he totaled 195 career tackles, 13 tackles-for-loss, nine interceptions, five forced fumbles and two sacks in his collegiate career.
  • S CATO JUNE – Earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors as a senior despite being plagued with injuries at Michigan. He was chosen by the Indianapolis Colts in the sixth round of the 2003 NFL Draft and was a 2005 Pro Bowl selection.


  • CB Marcus Trufant – First-round draft pick in 2003 developed under Austin, eventually becoming a Pro-Bowl cornerback. Totaled seven interceptions and 39 pass breakups over his first two seasons in the NFL.


  • CB WILL ALLEN – Finished his collegiate career with 142 tackles, four interceptions and 39 passes defended. Was a first-team All-Big East choice and was a semi-finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award as a senior. He was taken in the first round of the 2001 NFL Draft by the New York Giants.
  • S KEITH BULLUCK – Was a three-year starter and collected 375 tackles (seventh-most in school history), six sacks, three interceptions, three forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries during his career. Led the Big East with 138 tackles and was named first-team All-Big East and received the Bill Horr Award as Syracuse's most valuable player as a senior. He was selected in the first round of the 2000 NFL Draft by the Tennessee Titans.
  • S DONOVAN DARIUS – Set the school record for tackles by a defensive back with 379 in his career. An All-Big East selection in 1995 and 1996, he was drafted in the first round of the 1998 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars.
  • CB KEVIN ABRAMS – A two-time All-American (1995, '96) at defensive back, Abrams owns the Syracuse record for season (24) and career (55) passes defended. He was selected in the second-round of the 1997 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions.
  • S TEBUCKY JONES – Converted from running back to defensive back before his senior year and earned All-ECAC first-team and second-team All-Big East honors as a safety. Recorded 80 tackles, three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and four interceptions in his lone year on defense. Drafted in the first round of the 1998 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots.

NFL Players (Round Drafted)

  • S Tebucky Jones (1st) – Syracuse '98 – New England Patriots
  • S Donovin Darius (1st) – Syracuse '98 – Jacksonville Jaguars
  • CB Kevin Abrams (2nd) – Syracuse '97 – Detroit Lions
  • S Keith Bulluck (1st) – Syracuse '00 – Tennessee Titans
  • CB Will Allen (1st) – Syracuse '01 – New York Giants
  • S Cato June (6th) – Michigan '03 – Indianapolis Colts
  • CB Marlin Jackson (1st) – Michigan '05 – Indianapolis Colts

Playing Career

A three-year starter and four-year letterman at Pittsburgh (1984-87),  who participated in the 1987 Bluebonnet Bowl and was a redshirt player on the team that made it to the 1984 Fiesta Bowl. After graduating, Austin competed in the training camps of the Washington Redskins (NFL) and Hamilton Tiger-Cats (CFL) before playing for the Montreal Machine of the World League of American Football in 1991.

Bowl Games as a Coach

  • 1991: Fiesta
  • 1992: Blockbuster
  • 1996: Liberty
  • 1997: Fiesta
  • 1998: Orange
  • 2000: Orange
  • 2001: Citrus
  • 2002: Citrus
  • 2003: Outback
  • 2011: Outback


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