As we move through my preseason All-SEC team selections, today I take a look at the center position. There are great centers in the conference returning in 2014, including Ryan Kelly of the Alabama Crimson Tide and David Andrews of the Georgia Bulldogs. At the end of the day, however, it’s tough to not choose the guy who was the centerpiece of the best rushing attack in the conference from a year ago.
That’s why my preseason All-SEC honors go to Reese Dismukes of the Auburn Tigers.
Dismukes has been a mainstay on the Tiger’s line since his freshman season. He’s been a consistent force on the line and has earned accolade after accolade every year. He was a Rimington Trophy finalist last season and is on the watch list again for this season.
Auburn truly dominated the line of scrimmage last season with Dismukes in the middle and Greg Robinson on the outside. They paved the way for Nick Marshall, Tre Mason and company to run all over SEC defenses game after game. This ,season the Tiger’s need Dismukes to continue as the force he is and anchor their line. He will be counted on as a leader, and needs to be as productive as he has been in order for Auburn to repeat their 2013 success.
The track record has been there for the last three seasons. There has never been a season where Dismukes hasn’t done enough on the field to be recognized as one of the best at his craft. That trend should continue in 2014. Dismukes will begin as a preseason All-SEC selection. He will be a first-team selection at the end of year, and has a great chance to be named an All-American. He may even be known as the best SEC lineman when it’s all said and done.