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Kris Frost returning to Auburn, sees big things ahead
Jan. 8, 2015

Kris Frost ready to make more tackles for Auburn

By Charles Goldberg

AUBURN, Ala.  Kris Frost said he and his dad had been up two days, maybe three, thinking about and talking about whether he should return to Auburn or turn pro.

Then the decision hit him. At 3 in the morning.

He was coming back for his senior season to play linebacker for Auburn.

"I woke up and told my dad while he was about half asleep, so I had to tell him about three times for him to really acknowledge what I was trying to say," Frost said.

That was just the beginning. 

"Then I called my mom at 3 in the morning, and I texted Coach Williams, Coach Muschamp and Coach Malzahn. It was a big thing for me."

Frost had to tell Travis Williams, who coached the linebackers in the Outback Bowl, and new defensive coordinator Will Muschamp and, of course, head coach Gus Malzahn.

"I'm excited to come back and I feel like we have some unfinished business and I feel like we can win a championship," Frost said.

It's been a good week for Auburn. Fellow linebacker Cassanova McKinzy, who has been Auburn's leading tackler the last two years, announced Tuesday he's returning for his senior season. Offensive lineman Avery Young also said he's returning for another season. Earlier, receiver Duke Williams said he'll return for his senior season. Receiver Sammie Coates said he's leaving after his 2014 junior season to turn pro.

Frost had 87 tackles in 2014, the third most on the team. McKinzy was second with 91, two behind defensive back Rudy Ford.

"I think this was the best decision for me and everyone," Frost said. "The biggest part of my decision is my love for Auburn, and what I feel I can accomplish at Auburn. 

"We got really close to winning a championship, and we've had a whole lot of success. I feel like I can come back and be a captain and be a leader of the defense and the whole team. 

"I see this as a great opportunity."

Frost said he and McKinzy made their decisions independently of each other.

"It's cool that both of us have chosen to come back," Frost said. "We kind of compete with each other, and it's going to be a great thing. I feel like we make this defense a top defense in our league. We have an opportunity to do some great things."

Frost said the arrival of Muschamp played into his decision.

"Being able to be coached by Coach Muschamp was definitely one of the biggest factors playing into this," he said. "It just seemed like all the stars were in line for me. I'm on track to graduate this summer, and talking to Coach Muschamp, and talking to him pretty much every day since he's been back Auburn, he went to great lengths to really help me get all the feedback from NFL scouts. He's showed me how much he knows and his knowledge about previous guys who have left, it seemed like he really cared. You can tell he cares about his guys. He's been only around for 2½ weeks in Auburn, and he's already showing how much he cares about the guys, and how much he cares about me. That went a long way for me."

Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at Follow him on Twitter:



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