Oct. 1, 2013
Kris Frost (17) helps take down LSU running back Jeremy Hill (Todd Van Emst photo)
AUBURN, Ala. - For sophomore Auburn middle linebacker Kris Frost, the video was not pleasant to watch. But it was valuable.
For much of the first half of a 35-21 loss at LSU, Auburn defensive players had difficulty getting in the right places at the right times to stop running Jeremy Hill from running long distances. Auburn defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson said after the game that Frost, in particular, had difficulty with his assignments and, as a result, played fewer snaps than planned.
With an open date last Saturday, Frost and his teammates focused last week on executing those assignments. The focus turns now to Saturday when the Tigers (3-1, 1-1) take on No. 24 Ole Miss (3-1, 1-1) at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.
"We've gone back and looked at all the tape of the LSU game," Frost, the backup to starter Jake Holland, said Tuesday. "We've looked at all the mistakes that were made in fits. That's most of what it was - run fits and knowing your run fits are going to take you to your pass responsibilities. And getting adjusted to everything.
"We had not played a team like LSU before that game. Knowing that we have those mistakes corrected and going into the rest of the games knowing we've pretty much seen everything gives you a high level of confidence."
Much of the burden for getting things right, Frost said, falls on him and Holland as the men in the middle of Auburn's defense.
"We've worked and gotten better each and every week with our fits," Frost said. "We've learned from mistakes and really worked on things a solid couple of days after the LSU game."
Johnson said after the LSU game that the linebackers were "steady," but he said improvement was a must.
"Jake didn't have a lot of tackles, but he only had one missed tackle," Johnson said. "Kris, I had to take him out a couple of plays because we had a missed alignment. He didn't play as many plays because of that. Kris' shoulder is bothering him, too.
" ... We are getting decent play out of our linebackers. Nobody has had an outstanding job. It's linebacker by committee right now because they need to stay fresh. I'm rolling about four guys and I've got a couple of other guys I would feel good about getting us out of a game. They've been steady."
Frost said his shoulder is no longer and his confidence is high going into Saturday's game. After taking on LSU's power running attack, the Tigers will see an offense from Ole Miss that looks a lot like their own.
"They execute really well," Frost said. "We are really used to the style offense they run. We are familiar with it and we are confident about it. We have a great plan, and we've been executing that plan for two weeks now."
Auburn's open date, Frost said, came at the best time. Legs that were tired are fresh. Players who played with pain are feeling little pain. Players who didn't play because of injuries are back on the practice field.
"It had a great impact, especially after the game against LSU," Frost said. "It gave us a chance to sit back and focus on the things we've done good up to this point and the things we had to change. It's also given us a chance to rest and get healthy for this week. All the guys that weren't healthy before are healthy now."
Phillip Marshall is a Senior Writer for AuburnTigers.com. Follow Marshall on Twitter: