Quarterback unmasked: Meet MU’s Austin Boucher
Published: Thursday, September 12, 2013
Updated: Thursday, September 12, 2013 23:09
Who is Austin Boucher?
To many, he’s Miami University’s starting quarterback; A fifth year, redshirt senior. To others, like head coach Don Treadwell, he’s a hardworking “eternal optimist.” To some, he’s even an avid golfer and loves to rap battle (yes, seriously). But to most who meet him, Austin Boucher is a fun-loving kid who just enjoys suiting up and hitting the football field each and every weekend.
“I’ve been playing football since I was in second grade,” the Kettering, Ohio native said. “I played quarterback and outside linebacker up until about fifth grade, when they realized I couldn’t do much besides play quarterback … in sixth grade I told my dad I wanted to play Division I.”
Boucher is hard at work on the gridiron just an hour from his hometown, eleven years later. A 2010 Mid-American Conference champion and GoDaddy.com bowl winner, he’s now been given the chance to start under center in same uniform that past greats Ben Roethlisberger and Zac Dysert have worn.
“Because he’s such a great competitor, he works on all the fine details,” Treadwell said. “I mean there’s nothing he leaves out of his game [including] his footwork that’s sometimes overlooked. If he’s not the way he wants to be in practice, he’ll keep himself after practice and work on those little things. You don’t find the average player doing that in this day and age. He doesn’t take it for granted.”
Boucher doesn’t consider himself special. When he hits the field, he gives 100 percent, and he’ll be the first to tell you he didn’t make it to Miami on sheer talent.
“Honestly, I don’t think I was given any God-given ability to play quarterback,” Boucher said. “I think it was just hard work and putting my mind to it. That’s what I prided myself on through high school.”
Austin isn’t the only Boucher to earn a Division I varsity letter. His twin brother, Collin, is a linebacker with the RedHawks. They played together at Archbishop Alter in Dayton, and when they both received offers to play here at Miami, the Bouchers couldn’t pass up the opportunity to continue their careers together.
“I’ve been playing football with Austin ever since I was little,” Collin said. “It’s been cool to watch both of us play and thrive off of each other. It’s a fun thing; it’s special.”
The twins maintain a sort of friendly rivalry on and off the field, and Collin jokes that though he can’t tackle his brother on the field or in practice, it’s all good.
“I’ve taken plenty of shots at him off the football field,” Collin said, holding back a laugh with a smile.
He enjoys playing as much golf as he possibly can with his brother, redshirt freshman quarterback Austin Gearing, and fellow redshirt seniors tight end Steve Marck and defensive lineman Wes Williams.
“When I’m good, I’m about a 10 [handicap],” Boucher said. “But when you haven’t picked up the sticks in a few weeks, it isn’t pretty … I love golf. Any chance we get we like to go hit the links. It’s my number one hobby outside of football – and rap battling of course.”
When asked about this unique hobby, Boucher just laughed. He developed the hobby in grade school, and through hard work and determination, his skills have improved.
“It’s something a lot of people don’t know,” Boucher said. “My teammates will vouch for me, I’m pretty good.”
But that’s just one side of the 23-year-old. All in all, Austin Boucher is a goofy guy that loves to have fun, work hard, and is self-admittedly a little “off the wall.”
“Off the field I’m very outgoing and flirtatious, I guess,” Boucher said through a sheepish grin. “I’m really out there. I love meeting new people and cracking jokes.”