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Watch List Watching

Heading into the season, we’ll take an in-depth look at all the Auburn players who landed on preseason watch lists.

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We've reached the point in this "watching" where it is time to look at guys who've been named to multiple lists. It's a good thing, y'all. A good thing.

First up is senior center Reese Dismukes. A stalwart on the offensive line since his freshman year, Dismukes has become a true leader on the offense. The center position is always crucial to an offense, but the nature of Coach Malzahn's HUNH-quickly calling plays on the line of scrimmage and leading misdirection-makes the center position is even more important.

Dismukes was the first freshman to start at the center position since Ryan Pugh in 2007. Over the years, he's been named to a number of lists and was a finalist for the Rimington Award last year. This year, he's one of two returning finalists for the Rimington Award Watch List for best center, and he made the watch list for the Outland Trophy for best interior lineman, as well.

Dismukes has really seemed to thrive under the leadership of Coach Malzahn, on the field and off. He made the 2013 SEC Academic Honor Roll, and represented Auburn at SEC Media Days; something Coach Malzahn has indicated is an honor and privilege. His leadership will be more crucial than ever with Alex Kozan's injury shaking up the offensive line.

He'll have competition from his own teammate, Gabe Wright, for the Outland Trophy. And, the Rimington Award Watch List boasts a whopping 66 players, including BJ Finney from Kansas State, making that Thursday night match up even more interesting.  But, if he stays healthy and Auburn is as good as we think they can be, it is hard to imagine anyone beating Dismukes for the Rimington Award this year.