Auburn Football: Five Tigers Key to a Victory in the Outback Bowl

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Nov 22, 2014; Auburn, AL, USA; Samford Bulldogs quarterback Michael Eubank (2) is sacked by Auburn Tigers defensive tackle Montravius Adams (1) during the first half at Jordan Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports

Montravius Adams

When Muschamp was hired to be the new defensive coordinator for the Tigers, he had some kind words for the talent that already exists on the defensive side of the football at Auburn.

“I think the front seven is very strong, just looking at some the guys up front,” Muschamp said at his introductory press conference. “I recruited a bunch of them, so I am looking forward to coaching some of them who turned me down.”

One of those players is sophomore defensive lineman Montravius Adams, who was the most highly recruited member of the unit.

The 6-foot-4, 304-pounder has spent the bulk of his time at defensive tackle, but is athletic enough to play defensive end (which he did early in the season in an effort to replace Lawson), and to even drop into zone coverage (which he did once against Alabama).

Adams led all defensive linemen with 39 tackles and eight tackles for a loss and is second on the team with three sacks. He also intercepted a pass at the line of scrimmage against Louisiana Tech earlier this season and sprinted 36 yards before being tackled short of the end zone.

Likely to be a major piece to the puzzle for Muschamp in 2015, Adams has unique combination of strength, size and athleticism that will play well in the new DC’s multiple 4-3 scheme.

But first, he’ll have an opportunity to impress in the Outback Bowl against one of the Wisconsin and one of the nation’s best offensive lines.

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