Auburn's Montravius Adams applies the pressure in the opener here, and did it again Saturday in Jordan-Hare Stadium
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. ― The coaches have complimented Montravius Adams' play each of the first two games.
Nice, but the Auburn defensive lineman wants to be even better.
"You said I had a good game. I'm asking coaches if there's anything else I can do more," Adams says.
Adams had six tackles in Auburn's 27-20 overtime win over Jacksonville State on Saturday, and has 13 tackles though two games. What those stats don't show is how disruptive he's been against offenses. Still, he's not satisfied.
"We'll take that win," he said, "but they shouldn't be scoring that many points and have that many yards on us."
Auburn, 2-0, will open Southeastern Conference play at 1-0 LSU in a 2:30 p.m. Saturday game with a chance to give its young defenders more experience; with the hope its injured starters will return; with the chance to tackle running back Leonard Fournette, who gained 159 yards and scored three touchdowns in a 21-19 win over Mississippi State on Saturday.
Last year, Auburn beat LSU 41-7 in Jordan-Hare Stadium.
"I think they’ll be motivated because of that," Adams said. "They're at home and you usually play your best ball at home."
Defensive coordinator Will Muschamp said Adams has been up to the challenge so far.
"Outstanding. He played very well," he said. "We’ve been very pleased with the first two weeks. This is a big game and we need him to play very well in Baton Rouge."
Muschamp said Auburn's mistakes "are very correctable."
"Some of the issues we had from the first game, from a coach's perspective, were corrected," he said. "Coming out of the film, we arose some other issues we've got to continue to deal with. Some of that is youth, some of that is inexperience in some places. We've got enough good players to have a good defense and that's what we plan on doing. We haven’t played consistently to that standard yet, but we certainly are working to that goal and I feel like it'll happen."
Adams says the defense knows what is ahead.
"Now, we have to get ready for the SEC."
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine