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
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.