Boston Working to Earn Playing Time

Auburn safety Markell Boston is headed into his redshirt freshman football season.

Markell Boston (above) is shown during a spring training practice.

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn’s defensive coordinator, Will Muschamp, said after the conclusion of spring football practice the Tigers are still looking for depth at the safety positions. One of the players the AU coaching staff would like to see step up and help that situation is Markell Boston.

“Coming off the redshirt year last season, this year has been a very overwhelming experience for me,” Boston says of his first spring training at Auburn. “Really, I just went out there with the mentality to just play the ball that I know I can play, try to minimize the mistakes, and it kind of worked out.”

With a big crowd watching at Jordan-Hare Stadium, the redshirt freshman was one of the top tacklers in the A-Day game. He made four solo tackles with three assists with one of his plays forcing a two-yard loss.

Boston admits he was a bit nervous prior to taking the field for A-Day. “There were definitely some butterflies out there, but you know that comes with the game,” he says. “It’s like a jittery feeling, but at the same time it settled down and then you just begin to play ball.”

Asked what part of his play that he would like to most improve, Boston says, “My number one thing is my eye control because sometimes I get greedy looking in the backfield because I want to go make plays, but sometimes they aren’t my plays to make so I have got to stay within my eye control with the wide receivers and let the rest of the team make those plays.”

During spring training Boston played behind first-stringer Tray Matthews, a transfer from the University of Georgia who joined Boston on the scout team last fall while both were redshirting.

“That is my home boy from Newnan so we are very close, and I try to learn from him because he played for a year two years ago at Georgia,” Boston points out. “I try to pick up and learn from him. He is a great player, and I think he is going to do big things. He has a bright future.”

Asked how he believes the defense performed as a group this spring with Muschamp coordinating the action and new assistant coach Travaris Robinson directing the secondary, Boston says, “Overall, we did pretty good, but at the same time I know we have got some stuff that we need to pick up and get right.”

The young safety notes that the expectation among the players is that the Tigers will be improved over last season with the secondary expecting to play a role in making that happen. “Last year was different for us because it wasn’t all how we wanted it to be, but this year I feel like we are picking it up,” Boston says. “We’re going to do better and do good things this year.”

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