July 27, 2014
No. 13: Adams
|BUNKER rank ||BM rank ||AD rank ||JGT rank |
|15 ||20 ||7 ||14 |
The defensive line is an unforgiving place throughout the Southeastern Conference, where trial and error yields experience that gives veterans important advantages.
Yet Montravius Adams was just fine without experience.
He made some subtle-yet-important contributions as a freshman in 2013. He finished with 20 tackles including 1 1/2 for loss and clearly gained the respect of assistant coach Rodney Garner. Adams played in 13 of the team's 14 games (he was held out of the Western Carolina game as a precaution) as a reserve selection behind Gabe Wright, Angelo Blackson and Nosa Eguae after his mid-season move inside.
It was a fine first season for the former five-star recruit out of Georgia, though he became an even more intriguing element during spring practice. That's when Garner allowed Adams and Wright to moonlight at end in an effort to create more options during the 2014 season.
It was supposed to be an experiment.
Some observers aren't so sure. Adams, they said, played with remarkable quickness outside and was an every-down nuisance for offensive tackles Patrick Miller, Avery Young and Shon Coleman.
The injury to end Carl Lawson will relegate him to the sideline for at least the season's first half, which means Garner needs a solution. Wright looks like the most obvious candidate -- he's down to 285 pounds after a high of 318 -- but Adams clearly has the ability to play outside.
- Jay G. Tate
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