I'm stealing a bit of Emily's thunder with this article, but the news was just announced and I wanted to put something out as quickly as possible.
Auburn center Reese Dismukes has been nominated for a second post-season award with this nomination for the Rimington Trophy. Dismukes' bio on the award's official site reads thusly:
A four-year starter at Auburn, has made 49 career starts, the third most starts in school history. Recently named an Outland Trophy finalist, Dismukes was a 2013 Rimington finalist and first-team All-SEC center after being named a freshman All-American in 2011. Has helped pave the way for an Auburn offense that has averaged 296 yards rushing during the last two seasons.
As this states, and Emily has noted here on College and Magnolia, Dismukes is one of three finalists (and the only offensive lineman finalist) for the Outland Trophy given to the nation's best interior lineman. Auburn's only other Outland Trophy winner was Tracy Rocker.
Diskmukes' competition for the Rimington are:
- Jack Allen. Jr, Michigan State
- David Andrews. Sr, Georgia
- B.J. Finney. Sr, Kansas State
- Andy Gallik. Sr, Boston College
- Hroniss Grasu. Sr, Oregon
I like Dismukes' chances given he's an Outland Trophy finalist, though the two awards use different criteria, of course. Reese Dismukes has been the anchor of Auburn's rushing attack for his entire career. He came in following the national championship season, won the starting job as a true freshman, and never looked back.
The Rimington Trophy will be awarded during the ESPNU Red Carpet Show this Thursday evening prior to the Home Depot College Football Awards Show.