AUBURN, Ala. — Two Tigers were honored by the SEC following Auburn’s 56-3 blowout of Arkansas on Saturday.
Senior Alex Kozan was recognized as SEC offensive lineman of the week while senior Montravius Adams was named defensive lineman of the week, the league announced Monday afternoon. The duo helped Tigers dominate the Razorbacks on both sides of the football in one of the most lopsided victories in Auburn history.
Adams totaled 5 tackles (2 for loss) and shared one of the Tigers’ 3 first-quarter sacks with junior Carl Lawson. The defensive line allowed Arkansas — who featured the conference’s top rusher in Rawleigh Williams III — just 25 rushing yards. The total was the fewest allowed since 2005.
“I feel like all the leaders, offensively and defensively, I feel like we just put it on ourselves to be as good as we can be,” Adams said. “And the defense, for Auburn, can be known as a good defense — that’s really one thing that I’ve always wanted since I’ve been here.”
Kozan played a major role for the Tigers on offense, helping to clear the way for Auburn’s running backs. The group scored 7 of 8 touchdowns on the ground, rushing for 543 yards. It was the second-highest total in Auburn history, second only to the 2013 SEC championship game (during which Kozan also started at left guard as a redshirt freshman).
“Every game, we’re improving,” Kozan said. “From Clemson to tonight, it’s a steady increase. We’re climbing a mountain. We’re really proud of our offensive line. We’re proud of running backs. Proud of tight ends. Proud of wide receivers, quarterbacks. It speaks to the hard work we put in during the week.”
Earlier this season, junior kicker Daniel Carlson as well as junior defensive lineman Carl Lawson were also tabbed SEC players of the week.