It was hard to identify defensive tackle Marvin Austin when the New York Giants reported to training camp at the University at Albany.
The dreadlocks were gone, replaced by a much neater - and shorter - haircut.
The style is significant because this is a new start for Austin. And he needs it. He missed his final season at North Carolina after being suspended. Then, he was dismissed from the team. After being drafted in the second round by the Giants (No. 3 in the AP Pro32) in April 2011, he tore a pectoral muscle in a preseason game against Chicago and missed the season.
''I am having so much fun out there just learning the game at the NFL level and getting into it,'' Austin said Tuesday before lunch at the University at Albany. ''Being part of the team is the biggest thing, and that's something people don't understand.''
Austin has looked good in training camp but he knows he has to produce.
''A lot of people want to see what I can do on the field and I have to...