Hugh Freeze isn’t setting a high bar for his 1st season with the Tigers, but he is laying out clear expectations for what he wants the program to be in 2023.

While speaking with ESPN’s Heather Dinich on Friday, Freeze said his expectation is for fans to be “excited” about the improvement they see on the field.

“I expect our fans to be excited about the improvement they see,” Freeze said. “What does that mean at the end of the season on the record side? I have no clue. We’re still young in our journey here. I’m still figuring out names.”

Auburn is coming off of a 5-7 season that saw the Tigers miss a bowl game for the 1st time in a decade. Year 1 under Freeze could be a difficult one as he looks to rebuild Auburn’s program.

However, Freeze has pulled off impressive turnarounds before. In 2012, he inherited an Ole Miss program that was 2-10 prior to his arrival. Freeze led the Rebels to 4 straight bowl appearances, including a 7-6 records in Year 1.

Auburn will play its annual spring game on Saturday.