Together again: Auburn's Montravius Adams, Carl Lawson
March 17, 2016

Auburn's Montravius Adams celebrates a sack with Carl Lawson lending support
Auburn's Montravius Adams celebrates a sack with Carl Lawson lending support

By Charles Goldberg
AuburnTigers.com

AUBURN, Ala. ― They could have turned pro, but Montravius Adams said he and fellow defensive lineman Carl Lawson have some unfinished business.

Like playing together. Like winning together. Like staying healthy and leaving Auburn with a good defensive foundation.

"We came in as freshmen and played together in the Under Armour game and Rising Seniors game when we were in the 11th grade. Now, just coming here we haven’t played a complete season yet," Adams said. "Both of us are going to try to stay healthy this year and compete against each other to try to make each other better and the team better."

New defensive coordinator Kevin Steele was asked what it meant for Auburn that Adams and Lawson decided to return.

"That's a pretty easy one there. More is better, and if more is like Carl or Montravius, it's really better," Steele said.

Lawson missed all of 2014 with a knee injury and part of 2015 with a hip injury. Adams has missed only one game in his career. Now, they want to be impact defensive ends together.

"Both of our decisions kind of went together," Adams said. "He decided to come back so we could play a whole season together."

Adams said the discussion to turn pro early "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."

Lawson was one of the most talked-about Auburn players in the preseason last year. But he hurt his hip in the season-opener and missed the next six games. Lawson said he returned to show people what he can do.

"I need to get better as a football player, that's pretty much it," Lawson said. "And I've got a lot to prove, a lot to prove to myself, nobody else. I still have a lot of stuff I want to accomplish."

A full, healthy season is his goal after spending a month on crutches last season.

"I ended up cracking my hip," Lawson said. "I was tired pretty much all of last season. I was on crutches for a month so the muscles were really tight. I just wanted to come back to play for my team. It was healthy enough to come back and play, but I was never 100 percent. Two weeks after the bowl game, I was starting to feel like myself, so that felt good."

Auburn has finished the first phase of its spring practice. The Tigers are off this week for spring break, but work awaits them when they come back. These two older guys will be ready.

"We lost a few seniors who made a big impact, but I feel like we got a lot of guys from experience, and I'm one of the old guys," Adams said. "Carl is one of the old guys and with us teaching the young guys, we'll be better than we have been."

Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter:
 

 

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