Iron Bowl 2011: News, Notes, Quotes, Part 2

Auburn freshman center Reese Dismukes talks about his first Iron Bowl game.

Auburn, Ala.--As Auburn's starting center as a true freshman, 19-year-old Reese Dismukes has faced many challenges. He's lined up against probably the nation's top two defensive units, LSU last month and Alabama, which defeated Auburn 42-14 in Saturday's Iron Bowl at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Highly recruited out of Spanish Fort High as one of the top-rated line prospects in the country, Dismukes graduated early and went through spring practice with the Tigers. He won the starting job in pr-season workouts and started his 12th game of season against the Crimson Tide.

"I feel like I played my hardest and never gave up," Dismukes says of his Iron Bowl experience. "The scoreboard really didn't affect me, I just played as hard as I could no matter what the score. You never know what's going to happen in the Iron Bowl. Alabama is a real good team. Obviously, they came out on the better end today."

Growing up in Alabama is enough reason for football fans to establish an allegiance for Auburn or Alabama. "It's even a bigger deal for me," Dismukes said.

"My brother (Jonah) played for Alabama," Dismukes said about the former Tide kicking specialist, who played in the late 1990s.

"It was a great experience playing in the Iron Bowl," the freshman said. "We did some good things today, obviously not a lot. We are playing so many freshmen and sophomores that today will give us some experience that will help us in the bowl game and following years."

Dismukes said he knows there is an opportunity for better days ahead. "There's more Iron Bowls--probably three left for me," he said. "I talked with Alabama center William Vlachos after the game. He's someone I look up to. He's a senior who has started for three years and I've studied a lot of film on him. He told me to look forward to the rest of the Iron Bowls I have left."

In other news and notes:

*Steven Clark, one of three finalists for the Ray Gay Award that goes to the nation's outstanding punter, managed to average 42.2 yards on five punts despite of a 10-yard shank in the first quarter that led to Alabama's second touchdown. He had a long punt of 54 yards and downed two punts inside Alabama's 10-yard line.

*Alabama's 24-7 lead at the half was the same lead the Tide enjoyed in Tuscaloosa last year before Auburn's remarkable comeback for a 28-27 victory. That would not be the case Saturday as Alabama outscored Auburn 18-7 in the second half for the 42-14 final score.

*The Tigers were limited to only one first down in the first half with a total offense of 31 yards--15 rushing and 16 passing. Alabama had 13 first downs and 221 yards in offense at the half. After Onterio McCalebb's second-half kickoff return, Auburn had 14 points and still had only one first down and the 31 yards in offense. Auburn's first touchdown came on Kenneth Carter's fumble recovery in the end zone.

*The Tigers added only 13 yards offense in the third quarter to enter the final quarter with only 44 yards. Auburn managed to put up 96 yards in the fourth quarter to finish with only 140 yards total offense against the stingy Tide defense.

*Clint Moseley's three interceptions for the season have all been returned for touchdowns--one each against LSU, Georgia and Saturday against Alabama when DeMarcus Millner took a pass Moseley overthrew back 35 yards for a TD.

*Carter's fumble recovery for a touchdown in the first quarter was the first defensive touchdown for Auburn in an Iron Bowl since Brad Ware's 34-yard interception return for a score in the 1996 game.

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