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Ellis Johnson wants more consistency from Auburn’s 'very productive' LBs

ROBIN TRIMARCHI rtrimarchi@ledger-enquirer.com
Auburn's Cassanova McKinzy (8) and Kris Frost (17) stop Texas A&M running back Brandon Williams late in the fourth quarter with the Tigers behind. The Aggies held on to win 41-38.  11.08.14
ROBIN TRIMARCHI rtrimarchi@ledger-enquirer.com Auburn's Cassanova McKinzy (8) and Kris Frost (17) stop Texas A&M running back Brandon Williams late in the fourth quarter with the Tigers behind. The Aggies held on to win 41-38. 11.08.14 rtrimarchi@ledger-enquirer.com

AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson believes starting linebackers Cassanova McKinzy and Kris Frost are still being “very productive” during the team’s two-game skid.

Consistency, on the other hand, continues to be an issue.

“Sometimes they overrun the ball, or a blitz is not clean that doesn't hit quick enough,” Johnson said. “Things we're going to have to do, especially in a ball game like that you've got a chance to where your defense can maybe get you back in the ball game, you've got to have a big play.”

Despite the lopsided score at the end of Saturday night’s 34-7 loss to Georgia, McKinzy and Frost continued to put up big defensive numbers for the Tigers. Johnson said McKinzy had “11 or 12 first hits on tackles,” and Frost added six tackles in the loss.

But Johnson said the linebackers, including key reserve Anthony Swain, have not been consistent enough, and the veteran coach is taking the blame.

“You can see what they have been doing,” Johnson said. “They're making a bunch of tackles, getting to the football, making a bunch of plays, they've had tackles for loss, they've had quarterback hits and sacks. But we've got to get the consistency, and that starts with me.”

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