Position Change For Lemonier?

Corey Lemonier

For Auburn defensive end Corey Lemonier believes he will have to make the move to outside linebacker in the National Football League.

Indianapolis, Ind. - For Corey Lemonier his mind was made up. This former Auburn Tiger knew after his second college season that he wanted to turn pro. But the new staff on the plains had other ideas.

"I knew after my sophomore season at Auburn of what I wanted to do," Lemonier said. "I knew I wanted to go to the NFL. But the Auburn coaches came down to Miami and try to convenience me to stay. It was coach [Gus] Malzahn, coach [Ellis] Johnson and coach [Rodney] Garner. They did a good job, had me wavering but in the end I had to do what was best for me. And they know that. They wished me the best and were very supportive. I know Malzahn will be great there."

Lemonier played defensive end for the Tigers and has been a very good player. This season though went south quickly and that didn't sit right with him.

"It did get frustrating, especially about the middle of the year," Lemonier said.

Lemonier has been working hard since he left the Tigers. He played in the 240-pound range. At the NFL Combine he came in at 6-3 ¾ and 255-pounds.

"I have been at API in Arizona," Lemonier said. "I have been eating right and being smart about training. I have been working out and putting on the muscle."

Lemonier played defensive end in college. He could play that same position at the next level but he believes that he will be a linebacker on Sundays.

"I think I will be a 3-4 outside linebacker," Lemonier said. "That's a new position for me. I am raw but I think that's good because I will have no bad habits."

Lemonier will also have to prove he can play in space.

"That will be big for me," Lemonier said. "You have to be able to play in space at linebacker, especially trying to chase down all those quarterbacks. It will be huge for me, to be able to do that."

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