Auburn’s Kris Frost just didn’t want to commit a dumb penalty.
After a long Alabama field-goal attempt had come up short in the dying seconds of the Iron Bowl in November, Frost turned his head to see teammate Chris Davis bringing the ball out of the end zone.
“We had been concentrating so much on blocking the kick, I didn’t even realize Chris was back there,” said Frost, a former Butler High star who was in the game as part of Auburn’s field-goal defense team.
A surprised Frost quickly headed to the left sideline where Davis was running, hoping to find a Crimson Tide player to block. He saw that Alabama’s Adrian Hubbard appeared to have an angle on Davis.
“With all the rules out there now about hitting defenseless players, that really was the one thing in my mind,” said Frost. “But I wanted to make sure I at least got a piece of him.”
Frost did just that – not really blocking Hubbard, but making enough shoulder-to-shoulder contact at the Tigers’ 35 to knock Hubbard out of the play.
Davis sprinted the remaining 65 yards to give the Tigers an unlikely 34-28 victory that launched them into the SEC title game and, eventually, their berth in Monday’s BCS championship game against Florida State.
As Davis crossed the goal line and was swarmed by jubilant teammates, Frost jogged in from behind.
“I was in complete disbelief,” said Frost. “I was looking around, thinking this is unreal. This is not happening, this is not happening!”
Frost, a top prospect at Butler as a linebacker and receiver, has become one of Auburn’s key defensive players. After redshirting in 2011, he played sparingly in 2012. He blossomed as a sophomore this season and is one of Auburn’s defensive signal callers. He has 52 tackles (including 6 for a loss) and recovered a fumble against Arkansas.
“I’ve been blessed to be part of this team,” said Frost. “It’s been a great ride that’s been really fun.”
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