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August 20, 2014

What's in a (nick)name: Auburn true freshman OT Braden Smith a marvel to coaches and teammates

AUBURN, Ala. — Center Reese Dismukes started the trend by calling him “Drago,” after the Russian villain from “Rocky IV.” Right tackle Patrick Miller went with “Paul Bunyan.” Backup guard Jordan Diamond picked “The Terminator.” Offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee, a father of two superhero-loving sons, dubbed him “The Hulk.”

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Mike Niziolek joins the Ledger-Enquirer after spending the past three years with MLive.com. The past year he covered Eastern Michigan University athletics, including football and recruiting. He also filled in as a backup writer for the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Red Wings and University of Michigan. Mike is a 2004 graduate of Michigan State.

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