Auburn's Corey Lemonier to apply for entry into 2013 NFL Draft

  • Updated: Dec. 31, 2012 at 10:52 p.m.

Auburn defensive end Corey Lemonier declared Monday his intentions to forgo his senior season and apply for early entry into the NFL draft.
Lemonier, who recorded 5.5 sacks as a junior and was a coaches' first-team All-Southeastern Conference honoree as as sophomore in 2011, said he made a decision "that was best for me and my family."
Auburn coach Gus Malzahn told The Associated Press that Lemonier "is a class act and we wish him nothing but the best as he pursues his dream to play professional football."
The 6-foot-4, 246-pound Lemonier played in 34 career games, making 24 starts. He finished his Auburn career with 98 tackles, 17 sacks, 24 tackles for loss and 33 quarterback hurries.