The core of Auburn’s defensive line is officially coming back for the 2016 season.
A team spokesperson confirmed Sunday afternoon that defensive tackle Montravius Adams is returning for his senior year.
The 6-foot-4, 296-pounder follows in the footsteps of fellow defensive lineman Carl Lawson, who announced his plans to return on social media in early January.
Auburn’s starting offensive tackles Shon Coleman and Avery Young both declared for the draft this month. Adams had until Monday to submit the necessary paperwork to enter the 2016 NFL Draft.
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As a junior, Adams had 42 tackles (16 solo) with two sacks and two forced fumbles in 13 starts.
Auburn’s coaching staff credited for Adams for being one of the defense’s more disruptive players throughout the season.
Former defensive coordinator Will Muschamp said Adams had the talent to be an elite defender as long as he maintained a high level of effort and intensity.
“If he plays hard, God has blessed you with enough ability, you're going to make enough plays,” former defensive coordinator Will Muschamp said early in the season. “Just play hard every snap and he's certainly embraced that."