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Four Auburn Players Not Returning

By on March 1st, 2017 in Football 6 Comments »


Auburn will be down four on its depth chart heading into spring practice. Gus Malzahn announced the departures of offensive lineman Deon Mix and linebacker Cameron Toney, as the two will be graduating and not returning to the field for Auburn. Defensive back Markell Boston and running back Stephen Davis Jr. were removed from the roster.

Mix is expected to continue his football career at another school where he’ll be eligible immediately, while Cameron Toney is still evaluating his options. 

“I would say this about those two young men,” Malzahn said. “They were a part of my first signing class as head coach. They are wonderful young men, they’ve done a great job here at Auburn. They have great families, and they will be very successful in life, and we will miss both of those guys.”

Markell Boston and Stephen Davis Jr., on the other hand, appear to have been kicked off the team based on the short responses given by Coach Malzahn.

“He didn’t meet our standards, so he’s no longer with us because of that,” Malzahn said in response to a question about Boston’s dismissal. 

Davis, the son of former Auburn running back Stephen Davis, is “no longer with us,” according to Malzahn. 

A late addition to the 2016 signing class, Davis showed great potential, as he was rated the No. 20 athlete out of high school in 247Sports’ player rankings. He was redshirted for the 2016 season. 

Auburn held its first spring practice on Tuesday afternoon. 


  1. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..Boston is probably the biggest loss. He was going to be “quality depth,” this year. I hate it for him.

    • ausouthal says:

      Absolutely correct! We need to be building some depth there but it appears in the next year or two we will not have much experience at the safety position unless we go the junior college route.

  2. dyingculture dyingculture says:

    I always liked Boston. It’s disappointing that he’s gone.

    Stephen Davis always seemed ambivalent from the start. First he committed, then decommitted, and he didn’t even visit for almost a year. Then he was a last second addition well after signing day, and then surprisingly he was listed as a 6’4″ RB when he was a safety during his entire recruitment. I have to wonder if he even wants to play football.

    It does speak well of the coaching staff that they recruit high character men. In the past three years, the biggest trouble any football player has been in is being busted for weed *knock on wood*.

  3. AUglenn says:

    “Didn’t meet our standards?” ….. can’t afford to keep possible negative attitudes on the team.better to cut them loose now than have more problems later.

  4. AtkinsonTiger AtkinsonTiger says:

    I had high hopes for Stephen Davis.

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