Frost Ready To Heat Up Tiger Defense

Auburn's Kris Frost talks about his injury, his redshirt season, playing linebacker and much more.

Auburn, Ala.—A player who was expected to make an immediate impact for the Auburn defense this fall, linebacker Kris Frost has instead been relegated to watching and trying to soak up as much information as possible in 2011.

Now getting back into the flow of things on the practice field and hoping to get back to contact soon after a freak weightlifting injury, the 6-2, 225-pound Frost said he had a tough adjustment at first but his classmates have helped him get through things.

"Of course, it was tough when I first got injured," he said. "I didn't expect it to be such a bad injury to the point where I had to get redshirted and sit out. But every coach moved me along and the players really helped me. My freshman class is a really good one when it comes to talent and just being supportive in terms of all the people who have been injured and redshirted.

"We've had quite a few injuries, quite a few surgeries. We all really did a good job sticking together and they really pushed me along through the season."

Injured when his elbow gave out on him lifting weights in the summer forcing him to have surgery, Frost said it was difficult to handle because he had already geared himself up to playing this fall on defense. Once that was done he said becoming used to the training room instead of the meeting room took some getting used to.

"It was a really big blow," Frost noted. "I had a lot of high expectations for myself. I felt like the coaches did also. All the freshmen were competing to see who would make the biggest impact on the team and I was right up there in that competitive nature about myself.

"When I got hurt, it was a big blow on the whole fact of being around the team. I wasn't able to be around the team as much. When they'd have meetings, I was kind of downstairs in the training room getting treatment at 5:30 or 6:00 in the morning every morning while they were out doing walk-throughs."

Kris Frost was a U.S. Army All-American as a senior.

As the season moved along Frost began to work out and build his strength back up in his arm and shoulder. Because of that he was able to become more involved in the defense and even found a way to make an impact on that side of the ball.

In the final few games of the regular season Frost could be found helping signal in the defense alongside Ted Roof. He said for him that was immeasurable to get a jump on learning what it's like on a game day.

"That helped a whole lot," Frost said. "For one thing, getting to know the plays and the play calls and terminology of things really is half the battle as it is. The mental stuff on the field will come due to repetition and everything. That really helped me a whole lot.

Frost said he is happy to be back on the practice field again.

"Each outside linebacker, how they reacted to each play and fits and everything. Doing those hand signals on the field really got me thinking quicker on a college level instead of trying to evolve from high school."

With the ability to come in next season and challenge for immediate playing time, Frost said he's hoping to get to around 230 between now and next fall. If he can do that and keep his speed and quickness then the redshirt freshman could be a player to watch for the Tigers.

"Really it's just all about maintaining that speed and getting my mind right," Frost said. "That's really the most important thing for me right now, is getting my mind right. Getting myself ready to play on the college level."

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