BEFORE TECH: Austin was a
three-year starter for seven-time state champion Alcoa High School,
capping his final season with all-state honors. A two-time
all-Blount County pick, he was all-district in 2010, helping post a
15-0 record and capture the Class 3A state crown in Tucker Stadium.
In the 2010 East vs. West High School All-Star game, he was chosen
the Defensive MVP after making 19 total tackles, including 10 solo
stops, breaking up two passes and intercepting a pass. During the
regular season, playing on defense in seven games he had 22 total
tackles, four passes defended and one interception, in addition to
returning a punt for a touchdown. During the TSSAA playoffs, he
added 10 tackles, an interception and three passes defended.
PERSONAL: The son of Jim and Wendy Tallant...birthdate is February 4, 1993...full name is Jacob Austin Tallant...majoring in education.