AUBURN, Ala. — The anchor of Auburn's offensive line is up for his position's top honor.
Reese Dismukes, who has been the Tigers' starting center for the past three seasons, was named a finalist for the Rimington Trophy on Monday. The award is annually given to the nation's top center.
Dismukes was humbled to be in consideration for the award.
"I’m honored to be selected as a finalist for the Rimington Trophy," he said in an official release from the university. "I would like to thank my teammates, coaches and my family, because without all of them, it would not be possible.”
The junior from Spanish Fort, Ala., has been part of a record-setting offensive unit this season, as the Tigers have run for 4,364 yards and 46 touchdowns, led by a pair of 1,000-yard rushers in Tre Mason and Nick Marshall. And this isn't the first time Dismukes has earned attention for his play, winning the SEC's offensive lineman of the week award for his performance in Auburn's win over Georgia.
Dismukes is joined by Arkanas' Travis Swanson, Oregon's Hroniss Grasu, Oklahoma's Gabe Ikard, Utah State's Tyler Larsen and Florida State's Bryan Stork as the finalists for the award.
The Rimington Trophy is determined by taking the consensus pick from three existing All-American teams: the Walter Camp Foundation, the Sporting News (SN) and the Football Writers Association of America. The winner will be announced Dec. 12, and then formally recognized at the Rimington Trophy Presentation at the Rococo Theatre in Lincoln, Neb., on Jan. 11.