|Position:||Assistant Coach - Offensive Line|
A former Husker offensive guard, Greg Austin is in his second season at his alma mater in 2019, serving as Nebraska's offensive line coach. Austin has spent the last nine seasons coaching in the collegiate and NFL ranks. Austin has spent a total of five seasons coaching with fellow Husker alum Scott Frost, including serving as Frost's offensive line coach each of the past three seasons.
Austin made great progress with the Husker offensive line in 2018. The line paved the way for Nebraska to rank as the nation's fifth-most improved offense, including the No. 3 most improved rushing attack. Behind the offensive line, Nebraska totaled 2,500 passing and rushing yards in the same season for just the fourth time in school history, including having both a 1,000-yard rusher and receiver for the first time ever. The unit was key to Nebraska setting a school record with a streak of seven consecutive games gaining at least 450 yards and setting Husker records for the most points (53) and total yards (659) in a Big Ten Conference game. The line protected true freshman quarterback Adrian Martinez and helped him produce one of the top statistical seasons by a freshman quarterback in NCAA history, while also paving the way for four different Huskers to have a 100-yard rushing game, including Devine Ozigbo, who became Nebraska's first 1,000-yard rusher in four seasons. Austin helped a pair of underclassmen - sophomores Brenden Jaimes and Boe Wilson - earn All-Big Ten honors in 2018.
In 2017, Austin’s line paved the way for the culmination of the Knights’ remarkable two-year offensive turnaround. The Knights were the only FBS team to score 30 points in every game, and they led the nation in scoring. UCF averaged 48.2 points per game in 2017, just two seasons after UCF scored the third-fewest points in the country in 2015, averaging just 13.9 points per game.
UCF won the American Athletic Conference title in 2017, putting together the first perfect regular season in school and AAC history en route to a 13-0 record and No. 6 final ranking. The Knights not only led the country in scoring but ranked fifth in total offense, second in passing efficiency and 10th in passing. Austin’s offensive line allowed only 13 sacks to rank fifth nationally, and his unit helped the Knights average 5.2 yards per carry and score 39 rushing touchdowns, which ranked ninth nationally. In a testament to his line's versatility, UCF ranked in the top 25 nationally in both yards per pass and yards per rush in 2017. Both offensive tackles and UCF’s center were recognized as all-conference performers, while quarterback McKenzie Milton was the AAC Offensive Player of the Year.
Austin’s first year at UCF in 2016 marked his first full-time coaching job at the collegiate level. He helped the Knights become the nation’s most improved team in 2016, as UCF won six games following a winless season in 2015. Austin’s line helped the offense make tremendous strides in Frost’s first season, as the Knights moved up 59 spots in the scoring offense national ranking.
Previously, Austin spent three seasons as the assistant offensive line coach from 2013 to 2015 on Chip Kelly’s Philadelphia Eagles staff. The Eagles ranked in the top five in the NFL in total offense in both 2013 and 2014. Philadelphia won the NFC East in 2013, when LeSean McCoy led the NFL in rushing. Offensive tackle Jason Peters earned a Pro Bowl selection in each of Austin’s three seasons in Philadelphia, while guard Evan Mathis was a Pro Bowler in 2013 and 2014 and center Jason Kelce was a 2014 Pro Bowl selection.
Before coaching in the NFL, Austin coached with Frost for three seasons at Oregon, serving as an intern in 2010 and as the Ducks’ offensive graduate assistant in 2011 and 2012. Oregon posted a 36-4 record and finished in the top five in each of Austin’s three seasons on staff, winning two conference titles and playing for the 2010 national championship game, when the Ducks led the country in scoring and total offense. Overall, Oregon ranked in the top 10 nationally in both scoring and total offense in each of Austin’s three seasons in Eugene.
As a player at Nebraska, Austin battled injuries throughout his career. He made 18 career starts at offensive guard and was an honorable-mention All-Big 12 pick as a senior in 2006, when the Huskers played in the Big 12 Championship Game and the Cotton Bowl. Austin was also a two-time academic All-Big 12 selection in the classroom.
Originally from Cypress, Texas, Austin earned his bachelor’s degree in management from Nebraska in 2006. He went on to earn two master’s degrees in business management and sports management from UCF, and before entering the coaching ranks, Austin spent time as an event manager at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort.
Austin and his wife Kelley have a daughter, Kilyn Elyse, and twin daughters, Kenly Ellis and Kolbe Estel.
2018-present: Nebraska, Assistant Coach (Offensive Line)
2016-17: UCF, Assistant Coach (Offensive Line)
2013-15: Philadelphia Eagles, Assistant Coach (Assistant Offensive Line)
2011-12: Oregon, Offensive Graduate Assistant
2010: Oregon, Intern