Auburn and Kris Frost hope the defense's performance against Texas A&M will carry over against Georgia
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. — He's played in 45 games and made 225 tackles. Alas, time is running out on Auburn linebacker Kris Frost.
The senior is down to a handful of college games, and Saturday's 11 a.m. matchup against Georgia in Jordan-Hare Stadium is one of the headliners.
"As a senior," Frost said, "you always want to leave your stamp on your school, a school that you spent so much time at and a school that you love so much. I feel like that's really the most important thing about it — we want to go out with a bang, we want to do everything we can to make our fans happy and the whole Auburn nation happy, while at the same time just making some memorable moments, more memorable moments going toward the end of the season."
Certainly, Auburn-Georgia produced a memorable moment in 2013 when the Tigers won with the play they call the Prayer in Jordan-Hare.
The 119th meeting in the Deep South's Oldest Rivalry features Georgia, which is 6-3 overall and 4-3 in the Southeastern Conference, and Auburn, which is 5-4 overall and 2-4 in the league, but buoyed by last week's 26-10 road win at Texas A&M.
"Our confidence is through the roof right now," Frost said. "We just feel like we're moving in the right direction. All the hard work is paying off and we're just continuing to work hard."
Auburn's play at A&M validated that work.
"We had one of those days where the offense played well and the defense played well on the same day," Frost said. "We knew we needed a day like that and we got one. Now we’re just trying to build off of that. "
The quarterback situation for both teams is fluid. Jeremy Johnson is set to start for the second straight week in place of the injured Sean White, who didn't play at Texas A&M but could play Saturday. Georgia is set to use both Greyson Lambert and Brice Ramsey at quarterback.
Frost will finish the regular season in rivalry games, first Georgia, then a break for a non-conference game against Idaho, then a home game against Alabama on Nov. 28.
But in the rough-and-tumble Southeastern Conference, Frost said, "it seems like every SEC game is a rivalry game, to be honest. Definitely with a rivalry game like this, it's heated. The preparation is probably the biggest thing, making sure you have extra time in film and doing everything you can to put yourself in the best position to win. The urgency is big, especially for our fans, for the people that love to see Auburn and Georgia play each other and want to see us come out with a win. It’s going to be a fun game."
Georgia beat Auburn 34-7 last season. Frost said that won't be a factor.
"It's a new season, and that's really all we're concerned with," he said.
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine