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'More tenacious' - Montravius Adams talks Auburn defense at #SECMD16
July 12, 2016

<em> His bow tie properly positioned, Montravius Adams discusses Auburn's defense at SEC Media Days.</em>
His bow tie properly positioned, Montravius Adams discusses Auburn's defense at SEC Media Days.

By Jeff Shearer


For Montravius Adams, the most challenging part of SEC Media Days Monday took place before any questions were asked.

Tying his bow tie.

Teammates were not much help. A how-to video on YouTube yielded minimal results. Adults who have tied conventional neckties for decades were equally stumped.

Finally, a professor from the University of Tennessee stepped up and came through with cross-divisional sartorial assistance.

One dressed for success, Adams sailed through his sessions with reporters, talking about his coaches, his bond with fellow defensive lineman Carl Lawson, and goals for his senior season.

“When I first came in I felt kind of nervous, all of these cameras in here. But now I feel good. I feel comfortable and anytime someone asks a question I’m ready to answer,” Adams said.

Adams, a three-year force on Auburn’s defensive line with 23 career starts and 107 tackles, hopes to conclude his career like it began in 2013, with Auburn winning an SEC Championship.

“I need to be more of a dominating specimen, more tenacious this year,” Adams said.

Coach Rodney Garner’s defensive line, a blend of seasoned stars and highly recruited newcomers, figures to be a strength for Auburn.

“That bond that we have in the D-linemen room, I just think it’s crazy,” Adams said. “I don’t know if anybody else shares that bond that we have, like on other football teams. We pick up on his habits. It’s like we’re really his sons. He sets the tone.”

Adams continued the family theme when asked about Lawson, whom he referred to as “like a brother.”

“We’ve been playing together since 11th grade in high school,” Adams said. “We’ve been playing off and on ever since. And now with it being my senior year, we’re back, we’re together, and I feel like we can accomplish a lot.”

Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn is counting on it.

“Two guys who had an opportunity to leave early, would have been high draft choices,” Malzahn said. “They decided to come back and get their degree and help our football team. I think that’s very big. Both of those guys are leaders.”

<em> Adams joined Coach Gus Malzahn, Carl Lawson and Marcus Davis at SEC Media Days.</em>
Adams joined Coach Gus Malzahn, Carl Lawson and Marcus Davis at SEC Media Days.

Malzahn pointed out that all three of Auburn’s SEC Media Days representatives, Adams, Lawson and receiver Marcus Davis, played a key role as freshmen in winning the conference championship in ’13.

“I think that’s very important. They know what it feels like. They know what it looks like. All three guys are very well respected with their teammates and their coaches,” Malzahn said.

Adams says the transition to working with first-year defensive coordinator Kevin Steele has gone smoothly.

“He’s a great coach and I’m thankful for what he’s brought to Auburn so far,” Adams said.

Adams hopes Auburn’s front four comes together, like the perfectly tied bow tie.

“If we all execute and do what we’re capable of doing, I feel like we’ll be one of the best defensive lines in the SEC,” he said.

Jeff Shearer is a Senior Writer at Follow him on Twitter:



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