Frost Warming Up At Linebacker

Auburn redshirt freshman Kris Frost talks about his development at linebacker this preseason.

Auburn, Ala.—When Karlos Dansby signed with Auburn out of Woodlawn High in Birmingham in he had dreams of playing wide receiver and starring on offense, but after a season at safety he quickly turned into one of the top linebackers in the country for the Tigers. Also hoping to be a wide receiver for much of his high school career, redshirt freshman Kris Frost is hoping to follow a similar pattern as Dansby in 2012 as he prepares for his first season on the field at linebacker for Auburn.

Forced to redshirt last season after injuring his shoulder early in practice, the now 225-pound Frost got a great opportunity in spring practice when senior Jonathan Evans sat out because of an injury. Getting the majority of the reps in Brian VanGorder's first spring with the Tigers, Frost made a big move with the extra work and he said now is the time when he hopes it's going to pay off and he just has to stay patient.

"I'm very eager, but that kind of came to halt when all of those plays get thrown at you, because you start to think, I have to do stuff now," Frost said. "I have to make calls and make checks and do things that are necessary for us to win games. Right now, I'm doing my best to just be patient, calm down and listen. I've been so excited to get out on the field that sometimes I get out there, and I'm too excited. I just need to calm down and relax and think about what I'm supposed to do. And it's finally coming along, and I'm really feeling confident about it."

It's not an easy task for the linebackers as VanGorder demands a lot from the linebackers in his defense. With that in mind Frost said this preseason is all about studying and making sure they get the defense down mentally so they can play fast when the season comes around.

"Everyone has their struggles from time to time, but we're all getting in the room and watching more film," Frost said. "The more film you watch, the more you go out and practice it, the better it's going to be. Me and all of the other guys are really starting to get it. We're just trying to patch things up now, get the basics right and learn the lingo. That's really the most important thing, speaking the language back to Coach in the meeting rooms, things like that.

"Yeah, right now we're just trying to get everybody on the same page and know what they're doing," he added. "That's really what's important right now. We're all struggling, chasing the book and trying to open the book and figure out what we're supposed to do when we're off the field and everything. The extra work, we know it's going to pay off, so we're really excited."

The demanding nature of VanGorder isn't just in the film room as it shows up mostly on the practice field as he constantly seeks the most from his defensive players. Not afraid to raise his voice to get their attention, Frost said VanGorder is a high intensity coach but that's what they need.

"When it comes to me, I'm kind of a high intense guy, too," Frost said. "My thing is transferring over and be more of a tough football player, and listen to what he's saying, not how he's saying it. That's the most important thing. I feel like the more we get out there and do something the pressure's on, just like it's going to be in the Atlanta Dome. He's really putting us in the right atmosphere. No matter how much we don't like getting yelled at, at the end of the day, we all know it's for the best, and that's how we feel about it."

Currently working with the first team at strongside linebacker ahead of Anthony Swain and Ashton Richardson, Frost is in good position to be a starter when the Tigers take on Clemson on Sept. 1 in the Georgia Dome. While he admits he's not there yet, he said when the time comes he'll be ready.

"No, I'm not ready to start," Frost said. "That's just how we're seeing it right now. Right now, we've got a whole lot of work to do. Not just me, but all the linebackers have a whole lot to do. We know at the end of the day, that the best players will be starting. That's how we're seeing it, and right now, no, I'm not ready. I know that at some point before the season comes along, I'll be ready. Because I'll make sure I'm ready."

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