NCF Nation: Tunde Fariyike

1. Auburn will have two new starters on its offensive line and will start two freshmen and two sophomores up front when it plays No. 14 Clemson in Saturday night's Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at Atlanta's Georgia Dome. And Auburn won't even have the youngest offensive line on the field.

After setting a school record with 440.8 yards of offense per game in offensive coordinator Chad Morris' first season in 2011, the Clemson Tigers are undergoing a facelift up front. Senior center Dalton Freeman (36 career starts) and left tackle Brandon Thomas (10 career starts) are the only returning offensive linemen with any starting experience. Left guard David Beasley, a sophomore, played 30 snaps in five games last season, and right tackle Gifford Timothy played 45 snaps, mostly blocking on placekicks. Junior right guard Tyler Shatley is a converted defensive tackle, who signed with Clemson as a fullback.

Auburn is expected to start redshirt freshman Greg Robinson at left tackle, and freshman Avery Young is a top candidate to start at right tackle. Sophomore Tunde Fariyike will probably start at center after expected starter Reese Dismukes was suspended following his arrest on public intoxication charges.

2. Remember that frustration you felt when the scoreboard operator refused to show you the replay of a controversial play in a game? Well, if you're the fan of an SEC team, you might get to see those plays over and over again this season.

The SEC announced Monday that its member schools are no longer limited in use of replays, except when a stoppage occurs for an official review. The new SEC rule allows a replay to be shown on the video board from the end of a play until the beginning of the next play. During an official review, replays from TV network video feeds can be shown between the referee's announcement to stop play and when he announces the replay outcome. In the past, SEC schools were only allowed to show a replay once.

“The change in policy will allow our fans to see more of the action, including great plays and close calls,” SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said in a statement. “Fans in the stadium now can see many of the same views of a play seen by fans watching on television. This should add to the overall game experience for fans inside our stadiums.”

The SEC changed the rule in part because it didn't want fans staying at home, where they could watch replays time and time again on TV.

3. Some college football coaches, like Florida State's Jimbo Fisher, have banned their players from using Twitter during the season.

But USC's Lane Kiffin seems to be embracing social media. The Trojans have included players' Twitter handles on their respective bios on the school's website and even next to their names on the depth chart released on Monday. Right guard John Martinez was the only offensive starter who didn't use Twitter, and all but three defensive starters also had Twitter handles.
The last thing Auburn needed this close to next Saturday's season opener against Clemson was an off-the-field incident.

Moreover, one of the last players Auburn could afford to lose was sophomore center Reese Dismukes, who was a freshman All-American last season and the closest to a sure thing on Auburn's inexperienced offensive line.

As fate would have it, Auburn will be without Dismukes next Saturday when it faces Clemson in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff game in Atlanta. Auburn coach Gene Chizik suspended Dismukes on Saturday following Dismukes' arrest early Saturday morning on a charge of public intoxication.

Chizik's statement didn't specify how long Dismukes would be suspended, but it will at least be for the opener. Auburn plays at Mississippi State the second week of the season.

That Chizik would suspend such a key player for such a key game over a relatively minor charge tells you all you need to know about where Chizik's tolerance level is for off-the-field nonsense. He's obviously sending a message to his team for the long term. After all, it hasn't been the rosiest of offseasons for the Tigers.

Props to Chizik for taking a strong stand. It takes guts to put your best offensive lineman on the bench for an opener as pivotal as this one. Then again, Clemson will be in the same boat. All-America receiver Sammy Watkins will miss the first two games following his drug-related arrest in May.

The loss of Dismukes presents a couple of different problems for Auburn, which was already lacking experience on its offensive line. Dismukes started all 13 games at center last season, and his backup, sophomore Tunde Fariyike, has never started in a game. That means Auburn could have as many as three or four offensive linemen making their first career starts against Clemson. Three freshmen are in the rotation -- redshirt freshman Greg Robinson at left tackle, true freshman Avery Young at right tackle and true freshman Alex Kozan at guard.

There's also a chance that Auburn offensive line coach Jeff Grimes could do some shuffling. Senior guard John Sullen and Kozan could be possibilities at center, and if Sullen does makes the move to center, redshirt freshman Christian Westerman would then move up the depth chart at guard.

However it shakes out, Auburn is going to open the season with a handful of guys seeing their first meaningful action in the offensive line.

The other thing to consider is that sophomore Kiehl Frazier will be making his first start at quarterback, which is unnerving enough. Now, he's going to be taking snaps from somebody other than the starting center and the center he worked the most with this preseason.

That's never an ideal combination -- a first-time starter at quarterback and a new center.

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