Auburn football: Projecting the Tigers' post-spring center depth chart

rblack@ledger-enquirer.comMay 3, 2014 

Auburn center Reese Dismukes was named to the Rimington Trophy's preseason watch list on Tuesday. He was one of six finalists for the award last season.

LAUREN BARNARD — Auburn University

Editor's note: Auburn's spring practice concluded with the A-Day game April 19. Some positions didn't change. Some had upheaval. With that in mind, Auburn beat writer Ryan Black will give his position-by-position projection of the entire depth chart as the Tigers head into the summer. The series continues with the centers.

Who's Who:

Reese Dismukes, senior: Three-year starter at center; 37 starts in past three seasons; All-SEC selection and Rimington Trophy finalist last year

Xavier Dampeer, junior college transfer

Pre-spring projection:

1. Dismukes

2. Dampeer

Post-spring projection:

1. Dismukes

2. Dampeer

Analysis: The easiest pick on the board.

Just how confident were the Tigers in Dismukes’ standing as the starting center? He didn’t even take a snap in the A-Day game. Afterward, coach Gus Malzahn said he was held out for “precautionary measures,” but whether it was for an injury or simply a little extra rest, it’s not as if missing a few snaps in the spring game will throw off Dismukes’ timing. (After starting 37 games the last three seasons, Dismukes has that down pat.)

Instead, it was a good opportunity for Xavier Dampeer to grow more comfortable within Auburn’s hurry-up, no-huddle offense. The early enrollee impressed coaches and teammates alike in his first semester on campus. And that’s a good thing — if something happens to Dismukes, Dampeer will be the first man off the bench.

In a worst-case scenario where both go down with injuries, left guard Alex Kozan has experience at the position.

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