Boston Cross Training at Both End and Tackle

Defensive end Alex Boston, who missed the majority of the Miami game and the entire Troy contest with a sprained ankle, will work at both positions on the defensive line this week, coach Bobby Bowden said Tuesday.

The move was prompted by the lack of depth at the defensive tackle spot after it was made known yesterday that starting noseguard Paul Griffin will miss the remainder of the season with a torn ACL.

Griffin's injury is coupled with the uncertainty of Emmanuel Dunbar's back and Letroy Guion's ankle. Although, Bowden said Tuesday that Guion will possibly be in the lineup Saturday against Clemson.

Redshirt sophomore Aaron Jones was carted off the practice fields at the end of the day Tuesday with ice wrapping his right ankle. It was hoped that he could make his return after missing the first two games with that injured ankle but now it seems unlikely.

"You can't help (injuries). It's part of playing football," said Boston, whose own ankle injury has improved greatly in the last few days. "Right now my main focus is just trying to get the young guys and push them towards trying to get better. I am pushing myself to get better and wherever they need me work hard at."

His focus will also have to be on a talented Clemson offensive line that returns all of its starters from a season ago.

"We haven't watched a full game on them yet to see some of the tendencies and everything," Boston said. "But from what I have seen right now they are a good offensive line and everything. (They) are probably one of the best that we will face all year."

And the memory of last year's embarrassing showing against the Tigers is fresh in his mind.

"They had a real good scheme. They kind of gave us some misdirection-type stuff," he said. "Hopefully this we can kind of settle in and make some big plays from the D-line standpoint."

He went on to add about possibly playing defensive tackle this weekend: "It's only going to make me a better ball player (by) playing everything. I don't mind – I've got the weight to do it. I think I am strong enough so it will be interesting playing D-tackle this week if they let me.

"(The two positions) aren't too much different. I would say that it's just bigger guys. You are taking on more of a guard and tackle compared to a tight end and tackle." Coach Bowden also mentioned Tuesday that true freshman linebacker Dekoda Watson may see some reps at defensive end this weekend.

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