Auburn Football: Defensive and Special Teams Grades vs Louisiana Tech

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Sep 27, 2014; Auburn, AL, USA; Auburn Tigers defensive tackle Montravius Adams (1) runs the ball after an interception during the first half against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs at Jordan Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports

Defensive Line

Much like Quan Bray was the clear-cut player of the game, sophomore Montravius Adams was beyond a shadow of a doubt the top performer for the defense. Adams had only one tackle, but he made a huge play with an interception and 36-yard return to set up the first score of the game.

“He’s an impact player, there’s no doubt,” Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said following the game. “He’s athletic and made a great catch and run.”

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  • The sophomore defensive lineman was one of several Tigers that spent some time on the sidelines and the locker room with injuries, but he was able to come back and not only play Saturday following his injury, but excel. Adams also recovered a fumble in the win and could be a candidate for SEC Defensive Player of the Week.

    Another lineman that stepped up in the game was DaVonte Lambert, who has earned himself significant playing time at defensive end.

    “DaVonte, I think the last two games have really been a lot better,” Johnson said Sunday. “He had some production before, but I think his consistency is starting to come about.”

    Lambert had a tackle and was credited with half a sack, along with Star Robenson Therezie, early Saturday. The junior also knocked down a pass at the line of scrimmage, which led to the Adams interception.

    “A lot of things that you don’t see that we see on film, even when he’s not making a big play, his alignment and his technique and his separation of off blocks and holding point on the run game, all those things have gotten a lot better,” Johnson said.

    Reserve lineman Gimel President was the statistical leader of the unit with four tackles, including 1.5 tackles for a loss. Gabe Wright assisted on three tackles and also put pressure on the quarterback three separate times and Ben Bradley had two tackles, including half a tackle for a loss.

    Overall, the defensive line played its best game of the season.

    Grade: A