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July 9, 2013

Reese Dismukes, CJ Uzomah named to preseason award watch lists

BY RYAN BLACK | rblack@ledger-enquirer.com

@wareagleextra

For the second consecutive day, Auburn players found their names on various preseason award watch lists.
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CJ Uzomah

On Tuesday, CJ Uzomah was named to the Mackey Award watch list, while center Reese Dismukes was named to the Rimington Trophy watch list. This followed Dee Ford’s selection to the Bednarik Award watch list on Monday.

Dismukes was one of 44 players named to the watch list, marking the second straight year the Spanish Fort, Ala., native garnered a nomination for the Rimington, which is annually awarded to the top center in college football. The junior has been a key piece of the Tigers’ offensive line the past two years, starting 23 games during that span.

Uzomah’s selection — one of the 37 participants nominated by the John Mackey Award Selection Committee and one of five representatives from the SEC — could be considered a bit of a surprise. The junior from Suwanee, Ga., notched seven receptions (including one touchdown) for 136 yards in 10 games last season. Uzomah was inserted into the lineup and started three games following Philip Lutzenkirchen‘s season-ending hip surgery last October. Uzomah then dealt with an injury of his own after breaking a bone in his right hand late in the season.

Uzomah will likely split time at tight end with Brandon Fulse, a player noted more for his blocking than his pass-catching abilities.

Links to the full watch lists for both awards are included below.

WATCH LISTS

Mackey Award

Rimington Trophy