Auburn's Kris Frost looks to go out a winner in the Birmingham Bowl
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. ― Linebacker Kris Frost is going with the flow, whether it's the change at the top of Auburn's defense for his final college game, or, he hopes, to the NFL where he can continue his football career.
Fourteen of his teammates from last year's team made NFL rosters, and one of Auburn's most experienced players would like to follow after playing in the Birmingham Bowl on Dec. 30.
Frost has adapted throughout his college career, and has again after defensive coordinator Will Muschamp left to become the head coach at South Carolina.
"You have to be able to adjust on the run," Frost said. "That's what I've learned over the course of my years being at Auburn. I'm learning even more now, so I feel like it helps us all grow as people ― not just as football players, but as people, because in life, there's going to be a lot of situations where things don't always go the way you want them to and there's going to be a lot of situations where things change. So you have to adapt."
Frost is in his fifth year at Auburn after being redshirted as a freshman. His 90 tackles this season is second on the team. He has 236 career tackles heading into his finale against Memphis.
"I’ve seen attributes in my game rise and there are some things where I’ve improved, so I'm extremely excited going into this last game. I'm extremely excited for the rest of my career."
And he'll get a chance to help the young guys one more time.
"If there was anybody that had any issues and needed to be talked to about it, we were there. And we were there to just really let them know what it would be like and the process," Frost said. "Everybody understands that it is a process and we're going to keep moving on, keep moving forward and do whatever we need to do to continue to improve and come out with a win for this last game."
Auburn's three primary linebackers ― Frost, Cassanova McKinzy and Justin Garrett ― are all seniors, all leaving. Frost says there are worthy replacements.
"I definitely feel like I'm leaving the school that I love in really good hands as far as the guys to come," he said. "That's all we're thinking about, that's all we've always wanted: to leave Auburn in good hands and on a positive. That's what we intend on doing."
But Frost has one more game before handing over his starting job.
"Regardless of how people perceive this bowl game, as seniors, it's our last time putting on that AU helmet, and letting the younger guys know how important it is moving forward."
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine