Auburn notebook: Dismukes has confidence in right tackle candidates
by Ryan Black
Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Aug 13, 2013 | 1643 views |  0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
AUBURN — Reese Dismukes isn't worried about the right tackle position.

Auburn's starting center knows whoever winds up winning the job — be it redshirt freshman Avery Young or sophomore Patrick Miller — will man it capably.

"They're both coming out every day, competing hard and that's what we need," Dismukes said following Tuesday morning's situational scrimmage. "They're getting the best of each other and that's what happens when you get a competition going like that. I think that they're just doing the best they can and whichever one wins the job we'll stick with."

Offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee wasn't worried, either, saying both Young and Miller "are good players." When the job is finally settled, Lashlee said it will also have implications for the rest of the offensive line.

"How it works shuffling everything else, from backup guards to centers to left tackle, all those things will play into that (right tackle) position," he said. "Those guys have really come along and gotten much better. Whoever wins that job will also alter how we go in with our top six, seven, eight linemen going into the game."

Four spots on the line seemed set heading into the season, with Greg Robinson at left tackle, Alex Kozan at left guard, Chad Slade at right guard and Dismukes at center.

FRESHMAN DUO: When asked which freshmen skill players have stood out so far, it didn't take long for Lashlee to come up with a pair of names: wide receiver Marcus Davis and running back Johnathan Ford.

Of Davis, Lashlee said, "You can tell that playing quarterback in high school helped him. The game doesn’t move too fast. He’s got the great attitude. He’s what we wanted, what we thought. He’ll be pushing to get in the mix."

Ford, who the coaching staff has already taken to calling "Rudy," is similar to Corey Grant in many ways, Lashlee said.

"They’re really fast guys," he said. "Corey is bigger. He’s a junior and has been in college longer. I think Rudy is one of those guys, when he gains 10, 12 pounds over the next year or two, it will really help him. But he can really run. More than anything, there’s no fear."
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