Frost Hoping For Hot Finish to College Career

Auburn senior linebacker Kris Frost talks about his final season and the 2015 Tigers.

Hoover, Ala.--Linebacker Kris Frost has plenty of experience in an Auburn jersey having played a major role on the defense since 2012. He has seen his share of ups and downs, but he’s eager for a big finish to his college playing days this season as a redshirt senior.

Eligible for the 2015 NFL Draft, Frost could have chosen to forego his senior season but instead decided to return.

“It was a combination of everything,” said Frost about coming back this season. “I prayed about it a lot. I talked with my family about it a lot.

I was excited to have the opportunity to play for Coach (Will) Muschamp--anybody would,” he pointed out. “I love what he brings to the table as far as credentials he has. I feel like that was a major decision to come back. A lot of things played into it, and I definitely feel like I made the right decision.”

Frost in particular credited Auburn’s new defensive coordinator as a reason for his return, and Muschamp’s influence on the team is already sticking out, according to Frost.

“Well from day one, he’s brought a lot of energy,” Frost said. “That’s his biggest thing. It’s really just kind of trickled down to all of us. It allows us to be able to come to practice each and every day being able to have fun. That’s the biggest thing for us.

“The more you’re prepared the more you’re able to play loose, and the more you’re able to play loose the more you can communicate and have more energy,” the linebacker said. “He definitely preaches that.”

One player who Frost is excited to see back in the fold on the defense is Carl Lawson, who spent the entire 2014 season sidelined with a knee injury.

“It’s amazing be able to have Carl Lawson back,” Frost said of the “buck” who is expected to be a key pass rusher for the Tigers.

“The intensity he brings to the table is amazing. His ability is through the roof. It speaks for itself, really. We’re excited to have him back, and I feel like him as well as other guys on our defensive line are going to make a big impact for us.”

Lawson’s health is not a question to Frost, who represented the Tigers at SEC Media Days. He think that the sophomore who redshirted last season to recover from surgery might come back “even better” than he was before the injury.

Quarterback Jeremy Johnson’s emergence as a leader is good for the team, said Frost. He noted the junior is capable of big things this season.

“Well, the sky’s the limit for Jeremy,” he said. “He’s definitely stepped up as a leader and taking a leadership role. Being that quarterback and taking that stance of being a leader, he’s done a great job of that. We’re extremely excited for all the things he can do.

“It’s great when you see a leader talk about those things and really be able to verbalize how much he cares about us as players and how successful he looks for us to be as a team,” the senior linebacker added.

Quoting Malzahn

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