Adams Says Defensive Line Ready to Play

Montravius Adams is a returning starter at defensive tackle looking for a big season as the Auburn football Tigers prepare for their opener vs. Louisville.

Auburn, Ala.--A player Auburn’s new defensive coordinator Will Muschamp is counting on to be a force near the line of scrimmage said he is ready to get his junior season started.

Montravius Adams, who has dropped weight to improve his quickness, has won praise from his coaches in preseason drills. The six-foot-four, 285-pound tackle’s first chance to show the strides he has made will take place on Saturday at the Georgia Dome when the Tigers take on the Louisville Cardinals.

Saying he believes the Tigers are ready to play a game, Adams noted that the defensive line has made progress during preseason drills.

“I think we have come along pretty good,” he said. “I think we have been getting better and better each day. Everybody is coming together, we’re becoming brothers.

“I think that’s the first thing, becoming brothers and knowing we’ve got each other’s back,” he said. “Right now I think we’re at that stage. Now everybody just has to do their job.”

Adams made 27 solo tackles with 16 assists last season while adding eight tackles for losses with three quarterback sacks as a starter. He was credited with a team-best 17 quarterback hurries and intercepted a pass.

As a true freshman in 2013 he contributed 10 solo tackles with 10 assists while playing as a backup. He finished with 1 1/2 sacks and 10 quarterback hurries.

Adams said that he believes he will be quicker this season after playing at more than 300 pounds earlier in this career.

An area that Adams, and the defense as a whole have been focused on improving, is the pass rush.

Asked if he is confident the Tigers will be better in that area under the direction of Muschamp, the junior said, “I would say my confidence is pretty high. With me and Carl (sophomore Carl Lawson) we spent a lot of time together in the offseason. We went and trained and learned some new pass rush stuff.

“Coming back we’ve got some new players that can help us that we didn’t have last year. We didn’t have the edge pass rusher last year. Having all that this year I think it’s going to help a lot.”

Kickoff for the opener is set for shortly after 2:30 p.m. CDT at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. The game is a sellout and it will be televised on CBS.

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