Earned depth chart placement at the conclusion of spring drills and will open sophomore season with hopes of taking the next step in career with extensive playing time ... Penciled in as one of two reserves at one of the outside linebacking slots behind senior Chris Mattocks ... Should provide quality depth to unit and contribute significantly as a top-tier special teams squad member... Logged a single stop during the first spring scrimmage (4/4) before following with four and an interception in the second contest ... Produced five tackles during the Purple-Gold Game (4/18).
2008: Experienced action in five games, all as a member of the special teams unit and as a reserve linebacker ... Played against Houston, UAB, UTEP, Tulsa and Kentucky in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl ... Recorded three total tackles (two solo) ... Made first collegiate stop against Cougars in initial career appearance ... Tallied a personal-best two tackles (one solo) vs. UTEP in regular season finale ... Also credited with pass breakup against Miners.
2007: Redshirted during initial season in ECU program ... Officially signed with Skip Holtz' program in February, 2007.
High School: A two-year all-conference performer who helped guide the Stallions to a 19-8 overall record as a junior and senior ... A three-year letterman and starter who served as a team captain in 2006 ... A two-time all-area selection (first-team as a senior, second-team as a junior) ... Logged 100 stops (19 solo), 16 for lost yardage, five sacks, three fumble recoveries, an interception and six pass breakups during senior campaign ... Was credited with 84 tackles (16 solo), five TFLs, a pair of sacks, a forced fumble, two recoveries and an interception as a junior in 2005 ... Member of SOHS's state championship squad (2-A) in 2004 as a sophomore ... Coach was Phil Padgett ... Earned additional letters in basketball (one) and track (two) ... Played center on the Stallions' basketball team while participating in the 100, 200, shot put and 4x400 relay squads during track season ... Testing numbers include a 4.80 clip in the 40-yard dash, a 4.44 showing in the shuttle, a 34.0" vertical jump and an 8-foot-7-inch broad jump ... Displayed outstanding work ethic in classroom as well, earning honor roll designation every semester attended in high school.
Personal: Full name is Austin Jamale M. Haynes ... Born November 3, 1988 at Jacksonville, N.C. ... Major is criminal justice ... Son of Arthurlee and Cassie Haynes ... Father was a former Miami (Fla.) high school football and track standout who retired in Jacksonville after a 23-year Marine Corps career ... Spent seven years in Japan during childhood.