Coming through: Montravius Adams looks for big things this season for Auburn
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. ― Enough with the waiting. It's time for tackle football, says Auburn defensive lineman Montravius Adams.
"It feels like we've been out there practicing for like a year. Saturday is the first game, and I think we're going to be ready," Adams said after four weeks of preseason practice finally kicked into game-week drills Sunday.
Auburn opens the season against Louisville at 2:30 p.m., Auburn time, in the Georgia Dome, with an energetic defensive coordinator in Will Muschamp, who has already demonstrated he's willing to shake things up by saying he may play eight true freshmen; that Carl Lawson will play his natural defensive end positon as well as the new stand-up Buck position; and by not naming his starting linebackers though he has last year's starters returning to the position.
"With Coach Muschamp coming in," Adams said, "his difference is that everybody is going to be ready and we're going to be a top team. When everybody comes in, and everybody believes that, it will be something special.
"I like some of the stuff that Coach Muschamp does. We’ll be in the weight room and he comes in and supports us. It’s like showing that you care when you’re there watching us making sure we’re doing the right thing. Being on the football field, he’s coming to check everybody to make sure everybody is doing the right thing, not just certain positions and certain people.”
Adams says the defensive lineman are "coming together."
"I think that’s the first thing, becoming brothers and knowing we’ve got each other’s back. Right now, I think we’re at that stage. Now everybody just has to do their job."
Carl Lawson returns at defensive end with the promise of a bigger pass rush. Rookie Byron Cowart could help there as well for a team that finished 11th in sacks in the Southeastern Conference last season. Adams was tied for second on the team with three sacks, a half-sack behind Kris Frost and DaVonte Lambert.
Adams said he and Lawson have been working on the pass rush.
"We trained and learned some new pass rush stuff," Adams said. "Coming back, we’ve got some new players that can help us that we didn’t have last year. We didn’t have the edge pass rusher last year. Having all that this year I think it’s going to help a lot."
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine