Earning Freshman All-SEC honors in 2011 after starting all 13 games at center for the Auburn Tigers as a true freshman, Dismukes had his share of ups and downs learning the ropes in the best football league in the country.
Coming directly from high school to Auburn as an early graduate last January with only a spring practice to prepare him for the challenge, Dismukes had a huge learning curve to deal with both mentally and physically at one of the more difficult positions on the field.
With a new offensive coordinator in Scot Loeffler coming on board for spring practice this year, Dismukes not only had to adjust to learning a new system, but also to working with the quarterbacks under center for an extended amount of reps.
Handling those adjustments well, Dismukes became a leader for the offense in the spring, according to Auburn's line coach, Jeff Grimes.
"He has made the biggest change of anybody that we have," Grimes said. "Starting as a true freshman in the SEC as a center is an enormous task. He got an introduction to SEC football last year, but he hung in there and I thought he got better as the year went on. Now he's a guy that steps into the huddle with confidence."
A leaner and stronger Reese Dismukes is 6-3, 302 pounds.
Learning the ropes at center last fall, Dismukes is also learned what it takes to make it through a season in the rough and tumble SEC. That meant getting stronger and in better shape to deal with the rigors of the position.
With Dismukes trimming up noticeably from last fall, Grimes said his sophomore center is now a lineman who shows the physical maturity needed to take things to the next level.
"He's a guy whose body has changed," Grimes pointed out. "He's leaner. He's stronger. He's quicker. He's more confident. I think he's healthier, too.
"He played all of last year banged up at one place or another, and most of the time multiple places," Grimes said. "I think he's just in a much better place physically and mentally now."
Dismukes noted that in his mind he's definitely more prepared to take his game to a higher level because of the work he put in during the offseason.
"I would say my body is a lot better now," Dismukes noted. "Having gone through a whole year I know the scheme of things and how people play. When I see something on defense I know what's coming. I feel a lot better and I'm moving a whole lot better. I'm just a lot more confident in myself."