Call him captain: All-American Reese Dismukes and Auburn
Dec. 26, 2014

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Reese Dismukes and offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee have one more game together


By Charles Goldberg
AuburnTigers.com

He's played in more Auburn games than you ever did, won the Rimington Trophy as the nation's best center and is a consensus All-American.

But ask Reese Dismukes his biggest football accomplishment and you'll get this:

"I think being a captain means just as much or more than the All-American or the Rimington," he says. "I want to lead these guys and be the guy that they look to in tough situations and just be the one they can count on. That means just as much or more to me."

But team guy Reese Dismukes will leave Auburn with lots of individual awards, starting long ago when he was named to the All-SEC freshman team to now, as a senior, with the prestigious Rimington Trophy, with being of the three finalists for the Outland Trophy, with being named an All-American by the Associated Press, the Football Writers Association of America, the Walter Camp Foundation and the American Football Coaches Association. 

He is the first Auburn consensus All-American since Cam Newton, Nick Fairley and Lee Ziemba were honored in 2010.

"Coming here that wasn't my objective by any means," Dismukes said. "My goal really was just to play. As I progressed, obviously, the goals got bigger and the dreams got bigger. I'm just blessed to be able to achieve some of those things."

Dismukes played at Spanish Fort and became a highly-rated high school center, and that pretty much meant he had to choose between Auburn and Alabama. But there was a wildcard. His brother had been a kicker at Alabama.

Ah, but his mom graduated from Auburn.

"My mom won that battle," he said.

Dismukes will make his 50th, and final, start for Auburn in the Outback Bowl against Wisconsin on Jan. 1. Only Ziemba made more starts in the offensive line in Auburn history.

"It's been crazy. It's been a wild ride. But I wouldn't change any of it," Dismukes said.  

The award season got off to a good start for Dismukes, who won the Rimington at an awards show in Orlando.

"It was a good experience, to be down there with the best guys in the country and the best players from the best teams and just hang out with those guys was a good time," he said. "To relax and go to a park or two and really just hang out was really exciting."

Offensive line coach J.B. Grimes found a rock in Dismukes.

"He's a warrior," Grimes said. "He's one of those guys who is durable. He's played against some of the best competition in the country week end and week out.

"He's led our offense. He's gets us lined up. He gets us going in the right direction. He's probably one of the most consistent guys I've ever coached."

He helped Auburn lead the nation in rushing in 2013, and helped the Tigers lead the SEC in the same category in 2014 as part of a college career that now includes a national award.

"This will get your picture on the stadium," Grimes said. "This award means you're being singled out as maybe being one of the best players in the history of the game. There are only so many of those.

"I think it's a great honor for him. I think it's a great honor for Auburn.

Dismukes said he "wouldn't have even had a chance to come close to doing any of those things without" Grimes. "He's a fantastic coach. He and the rest of those guys up front with me, they make everything go."

That's J.B. Grimes. Dismukes' first offensive line coach at Auburn, Jeff Grimes, told him to expect big things, that he could challenge Ziemba's record. 

"'You're going to have a chance to compete with that,' and I always thought that'd be cool to be able to play that many games," Dismukes said. "You've got to be very fortunate as far as injuries go, and everything like that, because anything can happen. I’ve just been blessed. And to be remembered for that, I don't know, it’s been an awesome ride.”

Dismukes has one more thing to do before leaving Auburn, and that's to beat Wisconsin. Then, it'll be time to think about a pro career.

"Obviously, that's on the backburner," he said. "That's really not my real focus right now. You have to think about that some, but my main focus right now is us winning No. 9. Getting these guys down to Tampa, and having solid bowl prep there and winning this game." 

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

 

 

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