Birmingham, Ala.--Following a dominating 56-3 victory over Arkansas, senior Auburn Tigers standouts Montravius Adams and Alex Kozan were honored as SEC Players of the Week for their performances in the win.
On the defensive side of the ball, Adams made five tackles, two tackles for losses, two quarterback pressures and added half a sack as the Tigers shut down the Razorbacks. Adams was one of the main players inside that helped Auburn hold Arkansas just 25 yards rushing, the fewest for the program since 2011.
“Defensively, we feel like we have the upper hand in every game, just from what our coach is telling us to do, so we can go out and execute,” Adams said of the performance. “I feel like we did that, and I feel like as long as we keep doing that, we’ll put ourselves in a good position.”
Holding Arkansas to just a field goal in the win, the Tigers were just the fourth SEC team in the last 14 years to keep them out of the end zone. Doing that pushed Auburn’s defense to third in the nation in scoring defense, allowing just 14.1 points per game this season. Also 18th in the country in total defense, Adams said it feels good to see all the hard work they’ve put in start to take hold.
“I feel like all the leaders, offensively and defensively, I feel like we just put it on ourselves to be as good as we can be, and for the defense, for Auburn to be known as a good defense,” Adams said. “That’s really one thing I’ve always wanted since I’ve been here, and that’s just something we’ve never been known as since the older days. That’s just really all I wanted, to be honest.”
Alex Kozan helped Auburn to a huge night on the ground
On offense Kozan helped Auburn to one of the best rushing days in the long and storied history of the Southeastern Conference. Pounding Arkansas to the tune of 543 yards and seven touchdowns, Kozan was at the center of the success by grading out at 93 percent with 10 blocks that resulted in first downs and three knockdown blocks.
“It’s awesome,” Kozan said of having a performance like that on offense. “Whenever you’re clicking like that it’s special and you have all of the confidence in the world. To go out there and execute like that, it’s a great feeling.”
Putting a complete game together in a huge SEC win was another big step for the Tigers in the 2016 season, but Kozan said he doesn’t think this team is done yet.
“It’s hard to beat how we played versus an SEC team, but I definitely think we have room to grow,” Kozan said. “We had some three and outs that you don’t want to have in the second and third quarter. Offense, we’ve got room to improve. I thought the defense played as good as I’ve ever seen from an Auburn defense. I don’t know about them, but I’m sure their coaches will coach them up and keep going.”