NFL Draft Q&A: Auburn's Reese Dismukes

Center Reese Dismukes talks about his being on the verge of living out his dream of getting the chance to play in the NFL.

Auburn, Ala.--Reese Dismukes is one of the top offensive linemen to play for the Auburn Tigers. The four-year starter had some ups and downs along the way to being a four-year starter and a consensus All-American, but he became a dependable leader for the Tigers his final two seasons on the Plains. He talks about that and much more in this exclusive interview with Inside the Auburn Tigers:

What’s it like to be preparing for such a big day like the draft?
“I think it’s different than anything I’ve ever done before for sure. I don’t think I’m going to watch the draft. I’ll probably watch the first round just to be in support of the guys that I know that have the potential to get selected then, but I doubt I’ll watch any of the rest of it because of the uncertainty.”

What has the training been like in prep for this moment?
“It has been a heck of a ride and just an unbelievable experience. Just the fact that you don’t have any control over it is the crazy part about it. When you’re coming out of high school you get to choose the team you go to. Preparing for this, as far as my standpoint is concerned, I’ve got 50 games of film and then the Senior Bowl and the combine and then after pro day I had one private workout with Tampa Bay.

“That’s really all you can do. After that it’s out of your control. All you can do is work out to prepare to set yourself up to be the best you can be once you get to whatever team selects you. You have to be prepared as possible to go in and succeed.”

Reese Dismukes poses with the Rimington Award for college football's top center, which was presented to him as a senior.

How much are you looking forward to this next opportunity and getting this adventure started?
“I’m really looking forward to it. Probably in 2012 I realized I had the chance to probably do this. That was really when it clicked over for me after I had some mis-steps in my actions as far as getting in trouble and that kind of thing. Some people told me, 'Look, you have an opportunity here.'

“From that point on it was about trying to set yourself up to succeed to make it to the next level because it’s an unbelievable opportunity and not really many people get to experience this. I’m just really looking forward to taking advantage of it and making the most of out what I have been given.”

You talked about mis-steps when you were younger. How much did those help to shape you and help you mature?
“Making those mistakes probably helped me as much as anything. That’s the name of the college game--once you get knocked down, obviously some people are going to be knocked down at different points and times, I was knocked down and really had a choice. Did I want to give in and keep going down the wrong path or did I step up and make the right decisions and end up having the career that I had? Like people say, life is about choices and it ended up being just that. You just have to make the right decisions and smart choices and notice that you’re playing for that name across your chest and not the one on the back.”

When you look back on Auburn what are a couple of things you’ll take away from your time on the Plains?
“Obviously, like I said earlier, it was just how much I had to grow up over the time that I was there. Also the 3-9 season I would have to say was the growth standpoint of my career. Knowing that’s what it was like to go through something like that, it’s just the fact that you’ve got to stick together as a team and move forward. No one wishes that upon any team to have that terrible of a season, but I don’t think we would have been as good in 2013 if we hadn’t gone through that.

“It showed how hungry we were to be successful. We came in to win championships, especially that class in 2011 and that big class before us. Really we came here to be great and we ended up reaching that at least by winning the SEC and falling 13 seconds short of a national championship. I think those hard times in 2012 is what pushed us to get it back.”

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