2012 WVU Football: Who Has the Better Season, Tavon Austin or Stedman Bailey?

Chris HumphreyCorrespondent IAugust 23, 2012

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 04:  Tavon Austin #1 and Stedman Bailey #3 of the West Virginia Mountaineers celebrate against the Clemson Tigers during the Discover Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on January 4, 2012 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen and the Mountaineer coaching staff have not one, but two play-making receivers—junior Stedman Bailey and senior Tavon Austin—suiting up for the old Gold and Blue in 2012.

With only one football to go around, which WVU receiver—Bailey or Austin—will have the better year in the program’s inaugural season in the Big 12 conference?

During the 2011 season, Bailey outpaced Austin in receiving yards and touchdowns, as the now junior receiver collected nearly 1,300 yards and 12 touchdowns on 74 receptions en route to an Orange Bowl Championship.

With all of the preseason hype and Heisman talk surrounding Austin this summer, it would only make sense for Bailey to have the better season as defenses will be targeting the senior during games this year.

The same would go for Austin in the return game. Opposing team will try their best to kick away from him and the ball may find its way into the hands of Bailey, especially on kickoffs.

While maybe not reaching the numbers of his junior counterpart, Austin will pick up where he left off last January against Clemson and continue to amaze those in attendance in Morgantown. The season starts in just nine days.

Now, we want to know your opinion.

Drop down to the comments section and tell us whether you think Bailey or Austin will have the better season statistically for the Mountaineers in 2012.


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