Dismukes Wins Rimington Trophy

The Auburn football senior has been honored as the nation's top center.

Coach Gus Malzahn (left), Reese Dismukes and Coach J.B. Grimes (right) are shown on Thursday night after Dismukes became the first Auburn player to win the Rimington Trophy.

Lake Buena Vista, Fla.--Auburn senior Reese Dismukes is the winner of the 2014 Rimington Trophy, which is presented annually to the top center in college football.

The All-American is a two-time first team All-SEC selection and a four-year starter for the Tigers. Dismukes was also a finalist for the 2014 Outland Trophy.

"I am extremely excited to accept this prestigious honor of the Rimington Trophy," Dismukes said. "I am very thankful because I would not be in this situation if not for a lot of people. I appreciate those who have helped me along the way, especially my family, coaches and most of all, my teammates."

Dismukes poses with his hardware.

A star player at Spanish Fort High School, where he led the Toros to their first-ever state championship, he earned Freshman All-SEC and Freshman All-America honors for the Tigers in 2011. He has made 49 career starts for the Tigers, the third highest total in school history.

“This is a tremendous honor and accomplishment for Reese to be named the best center in all of college football,” Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn said. “He has played a large roll in the success of our offense at Auburn, leading the way for an offense that was first in the Southeastern Conference in rushing the last two years. Reese is a hard worker, extremely intelligent, and one of the best offensive linemen to every wear an Auburn uniform.”

Reese Dismukes

Other finalists for the award were junior Jack Allen of Michigan State, senior David Andrews of Georgia, senior B.J. Finney of Kansas State, senior Andy Gallik of Boston College and senior Hroniss Grasu of Oregon.

Auburn offensive line coach J.B. Grimes said, “There is nobody more deserving of the Rimington Trophy than Reese Dismukes. The number one thing I look for in a player is consistency, and there’s no one more consistent day-in and day-out in practice and in games than Reese. He’s taken nearly every snap in his four years and never had a bad game, let alone a bad play.

"I’ve coached a lot of really good centers in my career, and I’ve not had one like him," Grimes added. "He is a warrior and the most intelligent players I’ve ever coached, and I couldn’t be more proud of Reese and his accomplishments.”

Reese Dismukes has 49 career starts for the Tigers.

Dismukes was announced as the winner on Thursday night at the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards Show.

He will also be honored at the Rimington Trophy Presentation at the Rococo Theatre in Lincoln, Neb., on Saturday, Jan. 17th.

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