Auburn's Montravius Adams celebrates his sack against San Jose State
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. — Defensive tackle. Defensive end.
Montravius Adams is playing both and had big plays doing doing so Saturday night. He had six tackles, including three for a loss with a sack, in Auburn's 59-13 win over San Jose State.
"He's giving us so many good plays in those two positions that we’re still kind of rotating him," said defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson on Sunday. "That’s a pretty heavy load for a guy with his lack of experience to play both positions."
Adams is third in the SEC tackles for a loss with four after two games.
"He made some really dynamic plays and gave us some really big pass rush one time with a great inside move," Johnson said.
Still, "He's making some mental assignments that are hurting us. It’s hard to learn both positions, inside and outside."
Johnson said Auburn could do better with the pressure on quarterbacks.
"The problem is we’ve got to keep him caged," Johnson said. "We’re giving up some first downs on scrambles and scramble routes. We’re getting to the quarterback… I would almost rather knock the quarterback down seven times in the first half than sack him two or three times. I think you get a lot better results when the quarterback gets hit. When you sack him there is no chance for an interception. Sacks are obviously a big deal and they are important, but hitting the quarterback is just as important."
Johnson figures to have a busy time. Winning SEC teams scored this many points Saturday: 73, 73, 65, 59, 56, 49, 47, 41, 41, 34, 44, 20, though it mostly against inferior competion.
Johnson also said…
• Auburn played some of its younger defensive players, though by the time they got in the game was long decided and San Jose State was looking to end it.
"Really, the other team it started running the football — basic runs — and they played OK," Johnson said. "They didn't get challenged at all. It wasn't anything going on that got them challenged.
"But at least we got them on the field and got some game experience. But it wasn't much to it. They weren't opening up their offense or anything."
• Jermaine Whitehead has two interceptions, but he's doing more than that.
"He's been very good in run support. He's one a really good job for us," Johnson said. "He's had two really good games. He's obviously the old man back there who can keep things settled down, and he's got to be 100 percent for us. We've got young safeties playing beside him who need help every now and then. But he's done well the last two games."
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine