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Auburn's defense gaining confidence, says Kris Frost
Nov. 24, 2014

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Kris Frost makes a move with his first career interception

By Charles Goldberg
AuburnTigers.com

AUBURN, Ala.  Kris Frost has reason to feel good about his last game.
The Auburn linebacker got his first career interception, hit double-digit tackles for the second time this season and he and his defensive mates were able to "polish up a whole lot of things."

That was some of the good in Auburn's 31-7 win over Samford last Saturday.

"It propels us forward in terms of our confidence," Frost said.

But the opponent and the stakes jump up considerably this week. Auburn is at Alabama at 6:45 p.m. Saturday.

"You kind of raise your level a little bit, knowing it's Alabama, but we're just going to take it in stride," Frost said. "We have some confidence going into the game."
Frost has been on the sidelines for the ups and downs of Iron Bowls. He was a redshirt freshman, but dressed out for the game, in 2011; he was there when Alabama easily won in 2012; and he was cheering when the Tigers won on the last play of the game last season in Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Overall, "It's really unlike anything I've ever experienced," Frost says. 

"It was amazing then and it's just as amazing or more now being a part of something that's so great and viewed so highly among people all across the country. People that don't know anything about Alabama or Auburn, they know the Iron Bowl and they know how important this game is to football."

This year's stakes include Alabama trying to win the SEC West and earning a spot in the playoffs, and it includes Auburn trying to win its 10th game, giving the Tigers back-to-back double-digit winning seasons for the first time since 1988-89.

There was the comeback in 2010 in Tuscaloosa the year before Frost arrived. And there's last year's Kick Six last-play-of-the-game victory. Frost says that play deserves to be played "over and over again."

But, he added, "that play or that game has no effect on the outcome of this game. We know that we're going to have to prepare as hard as we possibly can for this game coming up.

"They might have a little motivation off of it, but at the end of the day, you've got to strap up your pads and you've got to play football. And that's really all it's about."

Really, it's about Auburn's defense lining up against Alabama's balanced offense. Look for Auburn linebackers to be in the middle of things. Cassanova McKinzy leads Auburn in tackles with 80. Frost is third with 70.

"Any time you have a team that can put up points like they can running as well as passing, it's going to be hard for you," Frost said. "But it's all about being disciplined, and when you're playing a team that's as balanced as they are, you do all you can to be disciplined. The most disciplined team really comes out on top. And polishing up certain coverages and certain blitzes that we have, just throwing things at them that they haven't seen us do. We know that we're going to do that, and that's where we'll be successful."

Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter

 

 

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