A High School All-American and an early graduate from Spanish Fort High last year, Dismukes went through spring practice in 2011 for the Tigers and parlayed that into a starting role last season as a true freshman. He said now that he's seen what life is like in the brutal SEC that he feels more prepared to handle it this season.
"Having gone through a whole year I know the scheme of things and how people play," Dismukes said. "When I see something on defense I know what's coming. I feel a lot better and I'm moving a whole lot better. I'm just a lot more confident in myself."
Starting every game for Auburn at one of the more difficult positions to play on the field for a young player, Dismukes came into his own late in the season for the Tigers and finished with a very good performance against Virginia in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl victory.
A Freshman All-American by the Football Writers Association of American and also CBS Sports as well as earning All-Freshman honors in the SEC, Dismukes helped Auburn rush for 2,370 yards last season, good enough for fourth in the conference. Auburn topped the 200-yard mark in rushing seven times in 2011.