Reese Dismukes just hopes people don’t forget about him.
No, the junior center didn’t do anything out of the ordinary on the play — “I was just blocking,” he said Tuesday. Unintentionally, however, Dismukes provided a buffer for Mason on the running back’s 5-yard touchdown run. Since Mason was on Dismukes’ back, he was never ruled down, allowing him to stretch the ball across the goal line for the final score of the Tigers’ upset victory.
Not that the leader of Auburn’s offensive line had any problem with Mason receiving the majority of the credit.
“I like to think I helped a little bit,” Dismukes said. “He did a lot of the work and he’s a great back. I’m glad we have him.”
INJURY UPDATE: Patrick Miller’s status is still in a holding pattern.
“Not for sure yet,” Malzahn said.
Miller, the Tigers’ starter at right tackle for the first five games, has sat out the last two weeks with what has been described only as “off-field” issues.
That means redshirt freshman Avery Young is the likely starter at right tackle for the third straight game. Malzahn lauded his play, and noted Young wasn’t in optimum condition heading into last Saturday’s game against Texas A&M after suffering an ankle injury the previous week against Western Carolina.
“We were worried about him being ready and he wasn’t quite 100 percent Saturday, but he played with a lot of guts,” Malzahn said. “We ran behind him in the fourth quarter a lot. He did an excellent job.”
A pair of backups in the secondary might also be game-time decisions for Saturday’s game. Mackenro Alexander left last week’s game in a neck brace for a stinger. Alexander, a true freshman safety, has seen time behind Robenson Therezie at the “Star” position.
“He’s doing better,” Malzahn said. “We expect him to be back.”
Kamryn Melton, meanwhile, is “day-to-day,” Malzahn said. The true freshman is dealing with a leg injury.
MARSHALL'S PROGRESS: Nick Marshall earned tepid praise from Malzahn as he continues to progress with zone-reads.
“There are things he is definitely getting more comfortable with,” Malzahn said. “He was very calm during that game, he was very confident, but there are still some areas he needs to improve on and he knows that.”