This defensive end brought down opposing quarterbacks 9.5 times in 2011, good enough for second in the SEC.
Lemonier is an explosive pass rusher and is comparable to the San Francisco 49ers' Aldon Smith.
This is because they both have long, muscular frames that allow them to wreak havoc off the edge.
At 6'4" and 240 pounds, Lemonier has plenty of room to pack on more mass.
Named on Phil Steele's preseason All-American preview publication, Lemonier is considered one of the best prospects for the 2013 NFL draft.
He is only a junior, but that hasn't stopped Mel Kiper Jr. from naming Lemonier as the 23rd-best prospect for the 2013 NFL draft.
Lemonier should shine on an improved Auburn defense and have a very productive junior year.
Corey was also kind enough to agree to an interview with me. I hope you enjoy.
CL: What made you choose Auburn in 2010 when you also had offers from Florida, Florida State, LSU and Alabama among others?
Corey Lemonier: The family atmosphere here—the chance to have great coaches and great teammates.
CL: What do you consider to be your biggest strength as a player?
Corey Lemonier: My quickness and my knowledge of the game.
CL: Do you think that you can lead the SEC in sacks after finishing second last time around?
Corey Lemonier: On defense, we’re going to be really good, and I believe I can contribute to that in a number of different ways—it’s all a process and each of us will have to make plays, so somebody will be making sacks.
CL: Do you think you could make the transition to 3-4 outside linebacker in the NFL?
Corey Lemonier: I feel with good coaches, I can learn.
CL: Are you looking to put on more weight this year or are you strongest at the size you are now?
Corey Lemonier: I am always looking to put on weight—and keep it on.
CL: You have faced some very good offensive lines featuring players like Cordy Glenn, Alex Hurst and Barrett Jones, but who has been your toughest matchup?
Corey Lemonier: Cordy Glenn from Georgia—he was big and fast, a guard playing tackle.
CL: What game do you consider to be your best ever with Auburn?
Corey Lemonier: I think the Florida game was one of my best—but I hope my best game is still ahead of me.
CL: Do you feel that you were under the radar last year because the team struggled a little?
Corey Lemonier: We were all a bit under the radar last year, but our defense kept fighting. We had resilience and came back every week with a great attitude.
CL: Do you think that Auburn can win the SEC West in the upcoming season?
Corey Lemonier: That is our goal every year.
CL: Which opponent do you enjoy facing the most and why?
Corey Lemonier: Alabama—it is an amazing rivalry.
CL: How often have you been training during the offseason?
Corey Lemonier: Every day, I eat according to my plan, I work out daily with some of my teammates, and I spend an extra hour each day either on weights or on developing skills with some of the other defensive linemen.
CL: Which current/former NFL players do you admire most?
Corey Lemonier: DeMarcus Ware—he does so many things well.
CL: Do you see the National Championship as a possibility for 2013?
Corey Lemonier: Along with winning the SEC, that is always one of our goals.
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