Auburn’s improving defense still adjusting to Muschamp’s scheme

Is Auburn's defense finally turning the corner as the season nears an end?
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When Auburn won the competition to land coveted defensive coordinator Will Muschamp last offseason, many around the nation saw it as the coup of the coaching carousel. The move prompt many to predict the 8-5 Tigers as a playoff contender. 

11 months into Muschamp’s second tour as Auburn’s defensive coordinator and quick improvement many envisioned has yet to occur for the Tiger defense. Switching systems yet again – the team’s fourth change in five seasons – would be hard on any defense. 

"It’s definitely not easy," senior linebacker Kris Frost said. "Not only just the systems, but the different personalities, the terminology, the different things you have to adjust to as a player and as a senior knowing it’s your last go-around. There’s such an urgency to do well."

While being forced to learn so much so quickly isn’t ideal, Frost believes the challenges of picking up the new system will ultimately make him a better player. 

"I see it as an opportunity to adjust to someone else and really just maximize all my potential personally to the highest I could possibly get it," he said. "That’s what I want to do. I have hopes and dreams of playing in the NFL one day, and I feel like it’s helped me."

Coming off the best performance as a unit in College Station, can the Auburn defense continue to improve against an offensively challenged Georgia team this weekend? 

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