Scrrimmage work pleases Chizik

AUBURN – After a 10-hour delay because of rain, Auburn’s football team got its first full-speed scrimmage work of the spring Wednesday night.

Fresman center Reese Dismukes

Tiger coach Gene Chizik said half the practice, 40-50 plays, was spent on live scrimmaging.

“Practice went well, but it was kind of the first time we’ve been in fast-paced practice mode,” Chizik said. “I think that got us a little bit on both sides, but the guys are really, really practicing at a high tempo, at least trying to. And they are trying really hard.

“We have a ton of mistakes we have to correct. We know that. The bottom line is I’m proud of our guys. We have a long, long way to go. But tonight is going to be a really good first look at true moving the ball situations with different things happening in the scrimmage. We’ll learn a lot for Friday.”

The Tigers will return to practice Friday morning. A full-scale scrimmage is set for Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

DISMUKES MAKING AN IMPRESSION: Chizik said true freshman center Reese Dismukes has been one of the highlights of the first week of spring practice.

“He’s another young guy I’m really, really proud of,” Chizik said. “If there is a position out there that is one of the most difficult to adjust to for a young guy, it has to be offensive line. You compound that with the center position. You are doing so many things. You are directing so many people to blocking, the complex blitzes we see.

“I’m sure his head is spinning right now. Let’s put it this way. When you look out there, you don’t necessarily think he’s a freshman.”

Dismukes is competing with third-year sophomore Blake Burgess for the starting job.

PRAISE FOR MOSLEY: Chizik said senior Brandon Mosley, who started the final 10 games at right tackle last season in his first season out for junior college, is adapting well to his new home at left tackle.

“Brandon is doing well,” Chizik said. “I’m just really proud of him because of his progression, the toughness element. I couldn’t be more proud of him. He’s up to 305 pounds after coming here as a tight end. He’s done everything we’ve asked of him. He’s just one of those really selfless guys.

“He’ll pick it up better and better. When you are the left tackle, you know what that means.”

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