Montravius Adams (above) has made 23 starts for the Tigers.
Auburn, Ala.--One of the most experienced players on Auburn's defense, senior tackle Montravius Adams, said that he is trying to become more of a leader for the Tigers, who are in their first week of spring practice.
“I know I have to be first,” Adams said. “I have to be that guy that is first to do everything. I have to win everything we do so I can show those guys this is how we do it so when I’m gone that’s what you all should be doing so the team can get better.”
Getting better is a major theme for a football team that is coming off a disappointing 7-6 record when it was picked to the win the SEC title.
Overall, the defense was a major part of the disappointment, but that group did perform very well in the final game of the season, a 31-10 bowl victory vs. Memphis.
“It was real big,” Adams said of the Tigers’ play in the Birmingham Bowl. “The last game they (Auburn’s coaches) were just preaching to win that game so we can take that momentum to next season. I know we’ve got a big game in Clemson--it’s far away but it comes by so fast. I think with what we are doing in the spring and going into the fall, I think we will be doing better.”
Clemson, which won the 2015 ACC title and played in the national championship game, will be at Jordan-Hare Stadium on Sept. 3 to open Auburn’s 2016 schedule. The Tigers will face Clemson with a new defensive coordinator, Kevin Steele, calling the shots for Head Coach Gus Malzahn, who had to replace 2015 coordinator Will Muschamp, who left to become head coach at Clemson’s in-state rival, South Carolina.
Malzahn noted that the Tigers will do many of the same things defensively with Steele the coordinator as they did with Muschamp in that role. Adams noted that is what he is seeing so far. “I feel like its real similar to Muschamp as far as scheme-wise, but I think he brings enjoyment to the team and allows everybody to relax so we can just go out and play football,” the senior said. “He makes everything simple so we just need to go execute our job.”
Montravius Adams is from Dooly County High in Vienna, Ga.
Adams finished his junior season with 16 solo tackles, 28 assists, 2 1/2 quarterback sacks and six quarterback hurries. He notes that he seriously considered entering the NFL Draft like three of his non-senior teammates (Shon Coleman, Avery Young and Peyton Barber) did.
“I did want to leave,” he said. “That just comes with every player, but I thought about it and took some time off and prayed about it. When I talked to my momma she said you’re about to be finished with school. I graduate in December so I decided to come back and make this last run with my team.”
Fellow defensive lineman Carl Lawson, a redshirt sophomore last year, also considered leaving early for the draft. “We talked about it a lot,” Adams said. “Both of our decisions kind of went together. We decided to come back so we could play a whole season together.”
Adams noted he is determined for his final season in college to be a good one personally and for the team as a whole. He said the Tigers are focused on 2016 and have moved on from last year’s disappointments.
“There’s no last year now,” ?he said. “The new thing is to earn it. We have put it behind us. We will probably not be in the Top 25, just like in 2013. We are a talented team. but we have to earn everything we want.”