The Auburn football team may have a new look on offense Saturday against Mississippi State. Well … kind of.
After being suspended indefinitely, causing him to miss the season opener against Clemson last Saturday, Reese Dismukes is back on the sideline for the Tigers. It has not be made public if he will start in Auburn’s SEC opening game or not. Fill-in center Tunde Fariyike played well against the ACC Tigers and has been praised by the coaching staff. However, talent wise, he is not an much of an impact player as the 2011 SEC All-Freshman selection.
One thing that will be interesting to see is how much playing time former cornerback Robenson Therezie will get at running back. The move, which was made late in the week, is odd considering the Tigers have four scholarship running back all expected to have a decent number of carries this season. Despite Therezie having an insane amount of speed, Auburn already has Onterio McCalebb, who is easily one of the fastest backs in the country, and Tre Mason, who the staff and offensive line say can break an explosive run on any play.
Nonetheless, Therezie’s addition most likely came because transfers Corey Grant and Mike Blakely are still too injured to play, which hasn’t been announced. Blakely had one carry against Clemson, but never saw the field afterward. Grant did not receive any playing time.
Outside of Dismukes’ return and Therezie’s position change, the same questions that have surrounded the Tigers all spring, summer and fall are still applied. How will quarterback Kiehl Frazier play, in general and under pressure? How will the young offensive line handle the loud environment that Mississippi State provides? Will any wide receivers step up other than Emory Blake and tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen?
If all of these questions are answered positively, the Tigers should be able to improve their record to .500 on the season and be 1-0 in the conference.