Even though Auburn has depth at the position with senior Jeffrey Whitaker, juniors Gabe Wright and Angelo Blackson, and redshirt freshmen Jabrian Niles and Tyler Nero all full-time players and Kenneth Carter splitting time between tackle and defensive end, the need for a playmaker is still there for Coach Rodney Garner.
Blackson led the way from that group last season with 26 tackles and seven tackles for a loss, but with just 64 total tackles from the interior defensive line and only 13 1/2 tackles behind the line of scrimmage Auburn needs more production from that spot in 2013. Adams says that's what he wants to bring to the table right away.
"I'm coming in to be a role player and to be a team leader," Adams says. "I want to come in and play early and have a major impact. I want to be a freshman All-American and a player my team can count on at any time in the game."
While he's going to be competing for playing time with the veterans on the team, Adams says even then he'll be watching and trying to learn as much as possible about the position and defense during two-a-days. Already with a good relationship with both Whitaker and Wright, he notes both of them will be good mentors this fall.
"That's going to be good," Adams says. "That's especially true of Gabe for me. He's younger than Jeff and Jeff will be leaving after next year. I will get to learn a little more from Gabe. I have already learned a little from Jeff after spending time with him this spring."
Anxiously awaiting his turn to put on the Auburn uniform, Adams says right now he's focused on getting stronger in the weight room. After watching some of spring practice and feeling the excitement from the coaching staff and the fan base surrounding the program, he says he's just ready to get the Tigers back on top.
"They are good coaches," Adams says. "The players know they can be better. I just love the passionate fans that love their team and love Auburn.
"I think the fans are ready to get back to the regular Auburn. I can feel the excitement already. All of us are ready to turn things around. War Eagle."