Auburn's Montravius Adams rattles the quarterback
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. ― Auburn's defense is playing better. Montravius Adams likes the sound of that.
"They're respecting us a little bit more," said the Auburn defensive lineman. "We like hearing that rather than the Auburn defense isn't that good. With the good coaches we have, we're going to keep getting better."
Auburn has allowed one offensive touchdown in each of the last two games, and it has allowed the third fewest yards in the Southeastern Conference the last two games. The 243 yards it allowed Georgia last week were the fewest against an SEC opponent since holding Florida to 194 yards in 2011. And the 10 points it allowed Texas A&M the week before were the fewest against a ranked SEC team on the road since 2004.
The Tigers hope that improved defensive play will continue in Saturday's 3 p.m. game against Idaho in Jordan-Hare Stadium.
It hasn't been easy. Auburn has used 22 different starters on defense, and 21 different starters on offense. Only six other teams have had at least 20 different starters on on both sides of the ball.
Still, Adams said he can tell the defense is playing better.
"I think we have been improving from week to week," he said. "We're communicating better. Guys were young. We're really building a team as a defense."
Defensive coordinator Will Muschamp said Adams and his defensive line mates have shown a willingness to accept game plans in which they've had to be good sports to allow others to make the plays.
That happened in the win over Texas A&M, Muschamp said.
"I talked to the team and the defense about the defensive line's unselfish play in the game. We asked them to do some things that were unconventional."
Muschamp said the defensive line is getting help from tackle Dontavius Russell, who, against Georgia, "played his best game."
"He made a great play on the goal line on third down. He made an outstanding play on another third-down stop where he was on a one-on-one situation. He continues to progress, he continues to get better."
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine