Auburn football: Montravius Adams takes center stage in Mobile, Takeo Spikes speaks up and appreciating moms
Welcome to SEC Country’s daily War Eagle Wakeup, a rundown of everything happening in Auburn football and Auburn Tigers athletics with Lauren Shute. Today, we discuss Montravius Adams’ takeover of Mobile, a former Tiger’s voice and the importance of moms to football players.
Montravius Adams continues dominating
Auburn fans saw just how talented Adams was in his final season. The senior captain took over games, whether he was batting down opposing quarterbacks’ passes or scooping fumbles and scoring. And he’s not done yet.
The 2017 Reese’s Senior Bowl is happening this Saturday, but the bowl really began on Tuesday. Players weighed in and participated in their first practices in front of hundreds of NFL scouts in Mobile, Ala.
And it was a great day to be Mon Adams.
The Georgia native continues to show why he be on the brink of a long, successful NFL career. Adams turned the heads of several important scouts and NFL personnel on his initial day in Mobile.
He’s not even to the NFL yet and he keeps doing things to make his mom proud (more on moms in a minute, though).
Here’s a string of tweets about Adams from Tuesday:
Three @seniorbowl players who made great decisions to stay in school last year: DT Montravious Adams, TE OJ Howard, CB Tre'Davious White
— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) January 24, 2017
Also from my notes: Montravius Adams looked REALLY good in drills.
— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) January 25, 2017
Watching tape from South practice. Standouts: ALA. TE Howard, FLA LB Anzalone, A&M DE Hall, TEN CB Sutton, AUB DT Adams, UCLA DT Vanderdoes
— Todd McShay (@McShay13) January 25, 2017
Also, while the Senior Bowl is a chance for players to have some fun, there’s also some weight to the game. Check out this stat from ESPN:
Since the common draft era began in 1967, at least 10 players from the #seniorbowl have been drafted in the first round in 33 of 50 seasons.
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 25, 2017
Adams isn’t the only Auburn player in the game, either. Defensive back Rudy Ford and Carl Lawson were also invited, though only Ford will be playing in the game.
Auburn right tackle Robert Leff was also added to the South roster for the game.
— Auburn Football (@AuburnFootball) January 25, 2017
This weekend, the trio will have their chance to appear in front of NFL scouts and have another shot to make Auburn fans proud.
NFL Network will air the game at 1:30 p.m. CT Saturday.
Takeo Spikes speaks up
Former Auburn linebacker Takeo Spikes isn’t afraid to express himself — even when it comes to issues that some find hard to discuss.
Spikes participated in a sports and activism panel titled “Protest to Progress: Next Steps” at San Jose State University on Tuesday. Others involved in the talk were former Olympian Tommie Smith, NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, NFL receiver Anquan Boldin, NFL Hall of Famer Jim Brown and former NBA standout Chris Webber.
— Whitney Holtzman (@WHoltzman) January 24, 2017
“I’ve always known that anytime you want to make change, you have to be proactive,” Spikes told a local ABC affiliate.
The group discussed thoughts and ideas, as well as concerns for minorities. Most notably, the group emphasized that communication will be key to progress, even voicing the welcomed prospect of sitting down with newly elected President Donald Trump.
Fans, coaches and teammates are all critical people in the lives of a football player at any level.
But there might not be one person or group more important than moms.
Take Adams. Part of his desire to be in the NFL stems from the hope to take care of his mom and family through his success. While Adams has been perhaps the most vocal of all of Auburn’s players about it, he’s not the only one with that mindset.
Safety Tray Matthews was among several college football players who tweeted a response like this …
Goals ✍?⌛️ https://t.co/jgxUGWgXbo
— TriggaTray (@Trigga_Tray28) January 25, 2017
in response to this tweet from Jan. 17:
Raiders safety Karl Joseph made a promise to his mom in 8th grade that he will buy her a dream house.
He fulfilled his promise. pic.twitter.com/OECujEUMba
— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) January 18, 2017
The coolest part about the relationship between these players and their families is that several of them will have the chance to make this dream a reality soon enough.
- SEC Country’s Benjamin Wolk says Auburn commit Carlito Gonzalez stayed loyal to the Tigers despite several coaching changes.
- ESPN staff writer Greg Ostendorf looks at just how good former Baylor quarterback Jarrett Stidham can be at Auburn in 2017.
- AL.com says these Auburn and Alabama players need to shine at the Reese’s Senior Bowl this weekend.
- Bryan Matthews of Rivals.com says offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey will meld an air-raid attack with Auburn’s usual run game.
- SEC Country says defensive lineman Montravius Adams hasn’t reached the NFL just yet, but he’s already making his mom proud.
- AL.com says Chip Lindsey may be new, but he’s familiar with Sean White and Jarrett Stidham, the quarterbacks he’s inheriting.
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