By Anthony Caruso III
The Capital Sports Report
Owner/Managing Editor/Sr. Writer
Auburn junior defensive end Corey Lemonier has declared for the NFL draft.
Lemonier is expected to be by many a third-round pick. He is could play either defensive end or a pass rushing linebacker in the NFL.
“We appreciate Corey’s many contributions to the Auburn football program, both on and off the field, during his three years,” Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn said. “Corey is a class act and we wish him nothing but the best as he pursues his dream to play professional football.”
This move has become official after rumors started a month ago that Lemonier would leave for the NFL after former head coach Gene Chizik was fired.
He started the season on a tear, but then tapered off in the final weeks of the season. He could play in either three or four man fronts.
This season, he had 34 tackles with 5.5 sacks and 5.5 tackles for a loss. He was named second-team All-Southeastern Conference.
He made 24 starts in 34 career games. He ends his career with 98 tackles and 17 sacks, while having 24 tackles for a loss. His 17 sacks were tied for seventh in school history.
“This was a very difficult decision for me,” Lemonier said. “I prayed a lot and felt this was the best for me to pursue this opportunity. I loved every minute of my time at Auburn and I’m very appreciative of my teammates, coaches and the entire Auburn family. It is sad to leave such a special place like Auburn, but ultimately I made a decision that was best for me and my family.”
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