Auburn's Starting Center Reese Dismukes Suspended, Huge Blow to Tigers

Kevin McGradySenior Writer IAugust 25, 2012

CLEMSON, SC - SEPTEMBER 17:  Reese Dismukes #50 of the Auburn Tigers during their game against the Clemson Tigers at Memorial Stadium on September 17, 2011 in Clemson, South Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Just days away from the first game of the season with Clemson, the Auburn football team has absorbed a massive blow due to the irresponsible behavior of once starting center Reese Dismukes. He was suspended indefinitely for his behavior by head coach Gene Chizik earlier today.

Dismukes is a truly talented player and this is likely a bigger blow for Auburn than the suspension of Sammy Watkins was for Clemson. Auburn is starting a new quarterback in sophomore Kiehl Frazier and his stabilizing relationship with the starting center is now lost just days before the season opening showdown.

In the next few days, the young Auburn offensive line must do as much damage control as possible and attempt to put together a combination that can be serviceable for Auburn in this game. Auburn was already starting a largely inexperienced offensive line, and a year of starting experience was suspended with Dismukes.  

Dismukes will be much tougher to replace for Auburn than Sammy Watkins was for Clemson. The Clemson Tigers have other big name options at receiver to cover the loss of the talented athlete. They have also had much more time to prepare for the loss of Watkins.

Tunde Fariyike has been the backup at center for Auburn. There has also been some cross training of some of the talented young freshmen offensive line class this fall. It remains to be seen what direction Coach Chizik will go to attempt damage control for the team.