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Austin learning as a 'red-shirt' with Pats
Austin stretching
Thomas Austin stretches in preparation before a New England Patriots' practice in Foxobor., Mass., earlier this month. - photo by Photo courtesy of New England Patriots/NFL
Times are tough for recent college graduates and their quests to find meaningful employment in their chosen field. It is no different for Camden native Thomas Austin, a 2008 graduate of Clemson University in political science in the classroom and an All-American and All-ACC selection on the football field in his four seasons with the Tigers. Undrafted by any NFL teams last spring, Austin signed a free agent contract with the Minnesota Vikings in late April.