The Auburn Tigers will return eight defensive starters in 2013, but none of their jobs are safe as new defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson is bringing in his new 4-2-5 scheme. That strange defense allows the Tigers to run variations of the 4-3, 3-4 and even 5-2. All of these factors make the commitment of five-star recruit Montravius Adams that much more important for Auburn.
At 6’3″ and 290 pounds, Adams will play on the interior line for the Tigers, who have Angelo Blackson, Dee Ford, Gabe Wright, Jeff Whitaker, Kenneth Carter and Nosa Eguae back for this revamped defensive front. All of these guys will be kept fresh with what will literally be a constant rotation of defensive linemen and that will benefit Adams, who will get plenty of playing time while staying hydrated.
As a senior at Dooly County High School in Vienna, Ga., Adams had almost 130 tackles, including over 30 for loss while sacking eight quarterbacks. He brings the talent and potential that, coupled with Johnson’s new scheme, could make Auburn’s pass rush reminiscent of what it was when the Tigers won the national title a few years ago. Of course, that will take more than just talent and a new scheme, but the commitment by Adams certainly makes that process a lot easier for Auburn now.