Montravius Adams (above) heads for the end zone vs. Mississippi State.
Last Saturday in Auburn’s 38-14 victory over Mississippi State, Adams recovered two fumbles and scooped up one and returned it 13 yards for a touchdown.
Auburn’s first-year defensive coordinator, Kevin Steele, gives the credit to Adams and his position coach, Rodney Garner, for the improvement.
“I think Mon will tell you he needed to step up and make more plays and be more productive,” Steele said. “I think he felt that way and I think he would tell you that.”
Montravius Adams has been a contributor for the Tigers for four seasons.
Steele said that Adams has been helped by Garner “just continually hammering home technique and eyes and leverage and hand placement, and just demanding the technique be applied.”
Steele added, “That has been part of it, but I think, too, there has been a maturity of him. That is where he is at in the process right now. He has decided, ‘Okay, I have got all this talent. I am going to be the best I can be.’ He is applying the trade and improving his trade. He is pretty productive right now.
“The thing that goes unnoticed about Mon is everybody sees the fumble recovery, everybody sees the score, everybody sees the quarterback pressure, they see the tackles for losses, but the thing that sticks out to me is he is commanding double-teams inside,” Steele said.
“They have to double him, and that’s huge, because when you've got guys they have to double, it makes run fits a whole lot easier,” the coach said.
Adams and his teammates won’t play again until a week from Saturday when they take on the visiting Arkansas Razorbacks. That game will kick off at 5 p.m. Central with TV coverage on ESPN.
Auburn, which is on a three-game winning streak, is 4-2 overall and 2-1 in the SEC.