AUBURN, Ala. — Montravius Adams arrived at Auburn as one of the marquee pieces of Gus Malzahn's first recruiting class in 2013. Though the talented defensive lineman has appeared in 26 of the 27 games the Tigers have played in the last two seasons, he's only shown brief glimpses of dominance, not the sustained consistency many expected.
He has recorded 63 total tackles, with 9.5 of those takedowns being for loss. He's collected four sacks. And he had a memorable interception last year against Louisiana Tech, which saw the 6-foot-4, 306-pound Adams rumble 36 yards before being brought down five yards away from the end zone.
Still, as solid as those stats are, many believe Adams has yet to scratch the surface of his potential.
And with Will Muschamp now in place as defensive coordinator, Adams has a chance to start with a blank slate.
Rodney Garner thinks Adams will make the most of it.
"I think this is going to be good for Montravius. You know, the expectations across the board — the bar has been raised for everything," Auburn's defensive line coach said last month. "It'll be interesting to see how Montravius responds."