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Auburn's Reese Dismukes is Outland Trophy finalist
Nov. 25, 2014

Reese Dismukes is in the middle of it all as one of the nation's top linemen

By Charles Goldberg

AUBURN, Ala.  Reese Dismukes has notched another honor in his long Auburn career.

The senior center was named one of three finalists Tuesday for the Outland Trophy, which goes to the nation's top interior lineman. 

Dismukes has started every game he's played at Auburn, now a team-high 48. But Dismukes said Tuesday that it's not about individual national attention. 

"I think that goes to show it's not just me. Those are team awards," Dismukes said. "I couldn't do it without the guys next to me, my coaches and all these players pushing me, and me pushing those guys every day. 

"Right now, we've got to beat Alabama. We've got to do whatever we can do at practice to get better."
That blue-collar approach has helped Dismukes to be recognized as one of the top centers in the Southeastern Conference, and the nation as well. The other finalists for the Outland are Malcom Brown of Texas and Brandon Scherff of Iowa. The winner will be announced Dec. 11 and the trophy will be presented Jan. 15 in Omaha.

Auburn has had two Outland winners: Zeke Smith in 1959 and Tracy Rocker in 1988. 
Monday, the Senior Bowl announced that Dismukes, and teammate Gabe Wright, had accepted to play in the Jan. 24 game in Mobile, not far from Dismukes' hometown of Spanish Fort.

"Coming out of high school, that was always the ultimate goal of mine to play in that game," Dismukes said. "Obviously, that's a long way down the road and really not my focus right now, but excited to be able to accept that."

Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at Follow him on Twitter:



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