April 3, 2013
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN — Reese Dismukes acknowledges the quarterback will set the tone in Gus Malzahn's offense.
"The quarterback runs the show," he said.
But the Auburn center says there's room for leadership beyond that, and he says he's ready to provide it this season.
"That's the way I view myself, and that's the way it's going to be," Dismukes said.
"I'm going to do as much as I can to help our team in that way."
Dismukes said he has matured into that role after a sophomore season in which he missed a game because of a suspension and another because of an injury.
"I made some mistakes, and that's a good thing and a bad thing. It made me grow up a lot, which I needed," Dismukes said.
Dismukes said his awakening "made me focus more on this team and just being the best I can be for this university."
"He’s ready. He’s got his mind right. He’s mentally, physically tough," said offensive line mate Chad Slade. "He’s one of the leaders out there."
Dismukes, who checks in at 6-foot-3, 290 pounds, made the All-SEC freshman team playing in Malzahn's offense in 2011. Now, he's playing for him again after his return to Auburn.
"It's pretty comfortable," Dismukes said. "It's a big change from last year as an offense, but it's back to step one. Everything that we did the same year Coach Malzahn was here my freshman year, we're doing kind of similar stuff. There are tweaks here and there, but it's all relevant to the same thing.
"I’m excited to run whatever offense we’re going to have here. I just like to play football."
Dismukes is learning under a new offensive line coach in J.B. Grimes, who replaced Jeff Grimes.
The new Grimes?
"He's focused a lot more on footwork," Dismukes said. "Grimes is more of a technician as far as the little things. Last year it was kind of, you had your job, and it was more of however you felt like you could do it the best, that's the way you did it. This year, there's no gray area. You know how he wants you to do the job, and how he wants you to get the job done. That's mainly the big difference."
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