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Auburn football notes: Tigers' highest-rated 2011 signee, Kris Frost, sidelined for season

AUBURN, Ala. -- Freshman linebacker Kris Frost will not play this season after having shoulder surgery in July, Auburn head coach Gene Chizik said Tuesday, confirming a weeks-old assumption about the injured newcomer.

“We were counting on him to help us,” Chizik said. “I hate to see it.”

Frost was the Tigers’ highest-ranked signee in the 2011 class, a five-star athlete from Matthews, N.C., who was expected to be in the mix at outside linebacker.

He tweeted that he had surgery late last month after reportedly separating his shoulder.

Frost was on the sideline watching practice Tuesday with an extensive sling immobilizing his right arm.

“He’s on a very thorough rehab process,” Chizik said. “He’s doing very well right now. It’s going to be the window of a few months.”

Discouraging, encouraging

Chizik stewed as he spoke with the media after the Tigers’ early session of two-a-days, displeased with the team’s focus and attention to detail.

“I thought they were trying to pace themselves into the next one, which is very discouraging,” he said.

Even the veterans noticed a lack of energy from the group.

“Don’t just try to survive out here,” cornerback T’Sharvan Bell said. “If you’re able to walk off the field and you’re breathing, you ain’t doing enough. I tell guys: Pass out. We’ll carry you in.”

Things were slightly more encouraging after the late session, however.

“I think the guys really tried to bounce back,” said Chizik’s interview substitute, wide receivers coach Trooper Taylor. “That’s good to see. I think that shows some leadership.”

On to Jordan-Hare

The Tigers will head to Jordan-Hare Stadium for their first full-scale scrimmage this morning.

“What we’d like to do is have a scrimmage that’s long enough and covers enough range of things within the scrimmage, meaning situationally, that we can go back and try to narrow who are our top two to three players at each position,” Chizik said.

The 11:45 a.m. EDT scrimmage will be live, except for quarterbacks, giving the coaches important film to watch.

But the players know it’s just one piece of their evaluation.

“All of camp is just as important -- any one day compared to the next is not more or less important than the other,” quarterback Barrett Trotter said.

Mystery man

Redshirt freshman fullback Ladarious Phillips remains a work in progress.

The coaches are intrigued by the 291-pound back’s size, but he hasn’t put everything together yet.

Asked how Phillips is doing, Chizik said, “It depends on which day you ask me. Some days he takes two steps back.

“I certainly have not bought any stock in his development yet, but he has shown flashes that he can do some things we’re asking him to do, but he’s got a long way to go.”

Auburn is hoping Phillips can seize the fullback role, allowing Philip Lutzenkirchen to spend more time at tight end and slot receiver.

Extra points

Walk-on quarterback Logan Paul joined the 105-man August practice roster after walk-on wide receiver Codey Frederick decided to no longer play football. ... Freshman cornerback Jermaine Whitehead permanently switched from jersey No. 32 to No. 3. ... There was no new news in the quarterback race Tuesday. Asked to give an update, Trotter joked, “We’re still all alive.”

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