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Interception helps set tone for Montravius Adams, Auburn
Sept. 27, 2014

Here comes Montravius Adams with an Auburn interception

By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. — Montravius Adams was so surprised, he said, that when he intercepted the ball he just stood there. 
Let's go to the video replay. 
Montravius Adams, all 6-foot-4, 306 pounds of him in the Auburn defensive line, didn't stand there. Not at all. He was poetry in motion, taking his suddenly-found possession down the sideline, rumbling past the 40, 30, 20 and the 10, and hoping to end up in the end zone. Alas, he was tackled at the 5, but Auburn scored a play later. 
Adams was a trendsetter. He recovered a fumble later in the game to set up another Auburn touchdown in Saturday's 45-17 homecoming win over Louisiana Tech. He helped set the tone for a defense that stayed steady until the Auburn offense got rolling.

"I want everybody know about the defense, too. We're playing good football," Adams said.
Adams can play inside or out in Auburn's defensive line.
"Wherever they put me so I can help the team, that's all that matters," he said.
Adams is the first Auburn defensive lineman to intercept a pass since Nick Fairley did it in 2010 at Mississippi State. Fairley, like Adams on Saturday, recovered a fumble in that game, too.
Adams, said coach Gus Malzahn, is "an impact player. He's athletic and made a great catch and run."
Adams had only one tackle, but he was at the right place a lot, like when linebacker Kris Frost deflected the pass that Adams caught, or when Adams pounced on the fumble created by Jonathan Jones. 
Adams said he thought he'd score on the interception. "I was just thinking score touchdown." But 5-8, 175-pound receiver Trent Taylor ran him down.
Adams' teammates mobbed him for the interception, anyway.
"I was in the moment," he said.
Auburn has seven interceptions through four games after getting 13 interceptions in 14 games last year. Coordinator Ellis Johnson's defense has taken to the takeaways in his two seasons. Auburn had two interceptions the year before he arrived. 
"Coach Johnson has been talking about turnovers," Adams said. "This game I thought we did well with that. That's what we came to do, capitalize on mistakes."

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



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