Offensive Line Showing Improvement

Auburn's offensive line is starting to come together following a solid showing at LSU last weekend.

Auburn, Ala.--While there were plenty of things that went wrong in Auburn's 35-21 loss at LSU last weekend, perhaps the biggest positive was the performance of the offensive line leading the way in the running game.

With Tre Mason churning out 132 of the Tigers' 213 yards on the ground, Auburn ran the football consistently and was able to establish its fast tempo more effectively than in the previous three games.

At the center of it all was Reese Dismukes. Praised by Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee for his play, Dismukes said it was a productive night for the five guys up front, but not quite good enough.

"Yeah, I think we did a decent job all night," the junior center said. "Obviously, we didn't win the game so we have got to fix a lot of things, but we just have got to keep getting better.

"They've got a good D -ine and I think we held our own all night," Dismukes added. "I would have liked to win the game, but obviously we have got to play better as a whole entire team."

Getting better is something that Lashlee said he has seen out of the offensive line since the first game against Washington State. Keeping the same group intact has helped with continuity and communication along the front five and in turn they have started to develop the chemistry needed to not only compete, but excel at this level moving forward.

"We feel like that could be a strength of our team and it needs to be," Lashlee said. "We don't have any seniors, but we have some guys for a lot of guys with a lot of talent and guys that have played. I think Alex Kozan is probably the one that has played the least coming in and by now he's played four games you've got enough experience so we're going to continue to lean on those guys.

"I thought their pass protection was really good, too. Other than maybe one thing here or there, they did a good job protectin, and LSU does a really good job with their third-down pressure. For the most part I think we picked them up pretty good."

Now with an extra week to work on correcting mistakes and get an early look at the Ole Miss Rebels, Auburn's offensive line should be well rested and well prepared to get back on the field on Oct. 5. Dismukes said at this point in the season the bye week comes at a good time and now they have got to put in the work to get better starting with Tuesday evening's practice following a day off on Monday.

"We are a lot older now," Dismukes said. "We have just got to get better. I think it's real big to get some guys healthy and just come back and work--work every day and get better and just come back and beat Ole Miss."

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