COREY LEMONIER

Outside Linebacker/Defensive End

Auburn University Tigers

#55

6:03.3-255

Hialeah, Florida

Hialeah High School

 

OVERVIEW

Preferring to play in the National Football League after the Tigers cleaned out their former coaching staff, Lemonier entered his name into the 2013 draft pool after starting the final 25 games of his career at weak-side defensive end. Playing at 245 pounds last season after entering school as a 227-pound freshman two years earlier, the Hialeah High School product impressed teams at the 2013 NFL Combine when he tipped the scales at 255 pounds.

 

Even with the added bulk, Lemonier showed off his impressive quickness in front of team decision makers, as he blew past stopwatches with a 4.6-second clocking in the 40-yard dash. He also showed off his leaping ability with a 33-inch vertical jump, improving it by one-inch a few weeks later during Auburn’s Pro Day.

 

Lemonier has been compared to San Francisco’s Aldon Smith, as the lanky pass rusher might do what Smith did upon his arrival in the National Football League – play as a stand-up defender as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 defensive alignment. Still, his performances in the weight room (27 reps at 225 pounds) also have talent evaluators likening his ability with his hand down to those of the Colts’ Robert Mathis.

 

Whether playing on the front wall or lining up with other second level defenders, one thing has been constant with Lemonier’s game – getting to the quarterback. He led the team in both sacks and quarterback pressures as a sophomore, again pacing the Tigers with his twelve QB pressures last season while ranking second with 5.5 sacks. His career total of 17.0 sacks tied Leonardo Carson (1996-99) and Willie Whitehead (1991-94) for seventh place on the school’s all-time record chart.

 

At Hialeah High School, Lemonier was rated the 35th-best player in the nation, the third-best weak-side defensive end in the prep ranks and fourth-best player in the state of Florida by Rivals.com. He was ranked 46th overall, seventh among defensive ends and sixth in Florida by Scout.com. He was also the nation’s ninth-best defensive end, according to ESPN.com.

 

Lemonier lined up at weak-side defensive end, recording 40 tackles with ten sacks as a junior, grabbing All-Dade County honors while leading the Thoroughbreds to a 7-3 record. The team would repeat that won/loss total in 2008, as the senior again had ten sacks, increasing his tackle total to 50.

 

The All-Dade County and Class 6A All-District XIII choice was named to the Super Prep Elite 50 team, the Prep Star Dream Team and the Orlando Sentinel’s Florida Top 100 squad. He was rated 13th on the Mobile Press-Register’s 2010 Super Southeast 120 team. He was a 2010 Under Armour All-American Game participant and selected to compete in the “Team USA vs. The World” all-star game.

 

Lemonier was recruited by former Auburn legend, Tracy Rocker, to play for the Tigers, signing his national letter-of-intent on February 3rd, 2010. While he started just one game at left defensive end during his first season at Auburn, the Freshman All-Southeastern Conference selection contributed with nineteen tackles, two sacks, five stops-for-loss and six pressures.

 

That performance earned Lemonier the starting job at left end for the 2011 campaign, after he returned to school fifteen pounds heavier (at 240) for his sophomore campaign. In thirteen assignments, he paced the team and ranked fourth in the league with 9.5 sacks, also leading the Tigers with 13.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage (eighth in the SEC) and fifteen QB pressures. Only seven players in the major college ranks had more forced fumbles that the sophomore’s five in 2011.

 

The second-team All-SEC weak-side end started all twelve contests during a trying 2012 season that saw the Tigers finish with a 3-9 record. Lemonier again led the team with twelve pressures, as his 34 tackles included 5.5 sacks, but the Tigers not only struggled in the won/lost column, they finished 97th in the major college ranks in run defense (197.58 ypg) and 79th in total defense (420.5 ypg).

 

After winning the national championship two years prior, the 3-9 2012 record saw the Auburn administration replace Gene Chizik as head coach with Gus Malzahn. Rather than start over with a new staff, Lemonier decided to leave school, announcing in late December that he was entering the 2013 draft pool.

 

“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 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.”

 

Lemonier offers a NFL team an athlete who has a solid frame with smooth muscle tone, well-proportioned arms and legs, good bubble, tight waist, thick thighs and knotted calves. He has room on his frame to carry additional weight, if he is deemed a better fit on the defensive line, but with his above average quickness, he will likely be considered an outside linebacker that will be utilized in a 3-4 defensive scheme.

 

Lemonier has a smooth, normal stride with outstanding speed to cover the field. He has fluid change of direction agility and flexibility. He maintains balance redirecting and shows sudden initial quickness off the snap. He is a good leverage player with the hip snap and burst to close.

 

If he is shifted to the second level, Lemonier might need time to adjust to that new position, as he has lined up as a down lineman and rush end in college. But, many feel that he is more than capable of becoming a quality strong-side linebacker, as he shows natural instincts and good awareness. He is quick to locate the ball and makes good adjustments on the run. He makes big plays from the backside, especially when given clear air to the quarterback.

 

As a potential linebacker, Lemonier has the fluid lateral range needed to give chase. He plays on his feet and shows above average balance on the move. He always gives solid second effort, especially running down plays on the perimeter. He uses his hands well to avoid trash and has the quickness and desire to close on the ball.

 

As a tackler, Lemonier might not have a great amount of stops, but he generates explosiveness on contact and flashes above average wrapping ability in closed quarters. He gets good production on the move, but also has the power (27 reps at 225 pounds) to take on and push back the lead blocker through the rushing lanes. He has the long arms (34 ½-inch length) to secure and strike and is a reliable tackler, but you would like to see him attack more when working in-line (better on the edge, where he is best when roaming to the ball then when trying to disengage and slip through trash).

 

As a pass rusher, Lemonier has a very good burst to close and creates havoc in the backfield, evident by his 27 quarterback pressures over the course of his last two years. He can sink his hips and shows solid second effort to slip off blocks when his initial move fails. He has the pass rush speed and flexibility to turn the corner of the edge almost instantly. He also blitzes with good desire and takes proper angles in pursuit. You notice on film that he is very active with his hands in attempts to defeat the block.

 

CAREER NOTES

Lemonier appeared in 39 games as a weak-side defensive end, starting 26 contests, as he recorded 100 tackles (58 solos) with 33 quarterback sacks, two fumble recoveries, seven forced fumbles and 24.0 stops for losses of 134 yards…Tied Leonardo Carson (1996-99) and Willie Whitehead (1991-94) for seventh place on the school’s all-time record chart with seventeen sacks for minus 111 yards.

 

2012 SEASON

Lemonier started all twelve games at weak-side defensive end, earning second-team All-Southeastern Conference honors from the league’s coaches…Produced 34 tackles (18 solos) as he ranked second on the team with 5.5 sacks for minus 32 yards and paced the Tigers with twelve quarterback pressures…Caused and recovered a fumble…Also batted down one pass…Credited with eight tackles and a pair of sacks (-7) vs. Clemson and blocked a Louisiana-Monroe field-goal attempt while posting five tackles, four pressures and a pass break-up vs. the Warhawks …Registered two sacks (-15) vs. Louisiana State, his fourth career multi-sack effort, as he also forced an LSU fumble…Recovered a fumble vs. Vanderbilt in the fourth quarter and delivered five tackles at Alabama.

 

2011 SEASON

Lemonier was named All-SEC first-team by the league’s coaches and second-team by the Associated Press…Took over weak-side end duties, starting all thirteen games…Posted a career-high 47 tackles (28 solos), ranking eighth in the conference with a team-best 13.5 stops for losses totaling 79 yards…Also led the unit with fifteen pressures, as he was second in the SEC with five forced fumbles…Advanced a fumble recovery nine yards and blocked a kick…Led the Tigers as he tied for 16th in the nation and fourth in the league with 9.5 sacks for minus 66 yards…His sack total tied Quentin Groves (2006) and Reggie Torbor (2003) for eighth on the school season-record list…Totaled three tackles in the opener with Utah State, as he also added a pair of quarterback pressures…Made five tackles and one sack vs. Mississippi State, as two of his stops were behind the line of scrimmage, in addition to forcing one fumble and being credited with a QB pressure vs. the Bulldogs…Added a team-high six tackles to go with one sack and two stops for loss vs. Florida Atlantic…Registered a sack and blocked an extra point vs. South Carolina… Delivered four tackles, including one sack and two stops for loss at Arkansas, as he also forced a fumble and credited with a QB pressure vs. the Razorbacks…Led Auburn’s defense with six tackles, including three stops for minus 20 yards, two sacks for losses of 16 yards and four quarterback pressures vs. Florida, as he was named Rivals.com’s SEC Player of the Week and SEC Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts…Posted three tackles and half a sack vs. Ole Miss, as he also picked up a fumble and returned it nine yards…Totaled six tackles and two sacks in a loss at Georgia, as he also forced two fumbles in the first half, becoming the first Auburn player to accomplish the feat since Quentin Groves in 2006 at Alabama…Produced four tackles and one sack vs. Alabama, as he forced a fumble on the lone sack that was recovered in the end zone for a touchdown… Registered three tackles in Chick-fil-A Bowl win over Virginia.

 

2010 SEASON

In Lemonier’s debut college season, he was named to Southeastern Conference All-Fresh-man Team by the league’s coaches…Appeared in fourteen games with one start vs. Tennessee-Chattanooga at left defensive end…Finished with nineteen tackles (12 solos), two sacks for minus 13 yards and five stops for losses of 23 yards…Registered six QB pressures, as he also caused one fumble.

 

INJURY REPORT

No major injuries reported.

 

AGILITY TESTS

4.60 in the 40-yard dash…1.62 10-yard dash…2.62 20-yard dash…4.40 20-yard shuttle…

7.14 three-cone drill…33-inch vertical jump…9’11” broad jump…Bench pressed 225 pounds 27 times…34 ½-inch arm length…10 1/8-inch hands…81 1/8-inch wingspan.

 

HIGH SCHOOL

Lemonier attended Hialeah (Fla.) High School, playing football for head coach Marc Berman…Rated the 35th-best player in the nation, the third-best weak-side defensive end in the prep ranks and fourth-best player in the state of Florida by Rivals.com…Ranked 46th overall, seventh among defensive ends and sixth in Florida by Scout.com…Also the nation’s ninth-best defensive end, according to ESPN.com…Lined up at weak-side defensive end, recording 40 tackles with ten sacks as a junior, grabbing All-Dade County honors while leading the Thoroughbreds to a 7-3 record…The team would repeat that won/loss total in 2008, as the senior again had ten sacks, increasing his tackle total to 50…The All-Dade County and Class 6A All-District XIII choice was named to the Super Prep Elite 50 team, the Prep Star Dream Team and the Orlando Sentinel’s Florida Top 100 squad…Rated 13th on the Mobile Press-Register’s 2010 Super Southeast 120 team…Was a 2010 Under Armour All-American Game participant and selected to compete in the “Team USA vs. The World” all-star game.

 

PERSONAL

Public Administration major…Son of Francoise and Henry Lemonier…Born 11/19/91 in Hialeah, Florida.

 

PLAYER STATISTICS

DEFENSIVE STATISTICS
STATS GP GS TK SO AS FR FC INT TFL PBU SACK PRES
2010 14 01 019 012 007  00  01  00  05.0-23   00  02.0-13    06
2011 13 13 047 028 019  01  05  00  13.5-79   00  09.5-66    15
2012 12 12 034 018 016  01  01  00  05.5-32   01  05.5-32    12
TOTAL 39 26 100 058 042  02  07  00  24.0-134   01  17.0-111    33

 

ADVANCED FUMBLE RECOVERIES
STATS NO YARDS AVG TD LONG
2011  01        09 09.00  00    09

ADDITIONAL STATISTICS…Blocked two kicks – one each vs. South Carolina (2011) and Louisiana-Monroe (2012).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LEMONIER GAME BY GAME LOG

2012 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Tackles

Sacks

PBU

FC

Pres

BK

Ast

Solo

Asst
Loss

Solo
Loss

Loss
Yds

Ast

Solo

Yards

Clemson 09/01/12 Clemson 19-26

Yes

3

5

0

2

7

0

2

7

0

0

0

0

Mississippi St. 09/08/12 at MSU 10-28

Yes

2

1

0

1

7

0

1

7

0

0

0

0

La.-Monroe 09/15/12 La.-Monroe 31-28

Yes

4

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

1

LSU 09/22/12 LSU 10-12

Yes

0

3

0

2

15

0

2

15

0

1

1

0

Arkansas 10/06/12 Arkansas 7-24

Yes

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

Ole Miss 10/13/12 at Ole Miss 20-41

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

Vanderbilt 10/20/12 at Vanderbilt 13-17

Yes

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Texas A&M 10/27/12 Texas A&M 21-63

Yes

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

New Mexico St. 11/03/12 NMSU 42-7

Yes

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

Georgia 11/10/12 Georgia 0-38

Yes

2

1

1

0

3

1

0

3

0

0

2

0

Alabama A&M 11/17/12 Alabama A&M 51-7

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

Alabama 11/24/12 at Alabama 0-49

Yes

3

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Season Totals

16

18

1

5

32

1

5

32

1

1

12

1

 

2011 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Fum. Ret.

Tackles

Sacks

PBU

FC

Pres

BK

No

Yds

TD

Ast

Solo

Asst
Loss

Solo
Loss

Loss
Yds

Ast

Solo

Yards

Utah St. 09/03/11 Utah St. 42-38

Yes

0

0

0

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

Mississippi St. 09/10/11 MSU 41-34

Yes

0

0

0

2

3

0

2

6

0

1

4

0

1

1

0

Clemson 09/17/11 at Clemson 24-38

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Fla. Atlantic 09/24/11 Fla. Atlantic 30-14

Yes

0

0

0

0

6

0

2

15

0

1

11

0

0

1

0

South Carolina 10/01/11 at South Carolina 16-13

Yes

0

0

0

0

2

0

1

1

0

1

1

0

0

2

1

Arkansas 10/08/11 at Arkansas 14-38

Yes

0

0

0

2

2

0

2

9

0

1

6

0

1

2

0

Florida 10/15/11 Florida 17-6

Yes

0

0

0

0

6

0

3

20

0

2

16

0

0

4

0

LSU 10/22/11 at LSU 10-45

Yes

0

0

0

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Ole Miss 10/29/11 Ole Miss 41-23

Yes

1

9

0

3

0

1

0

10

1

0

10

0

0

1

0

Georgia 11/12/11 at Georgia 7-45

Yes

0

0

0

4

2

0

2

8

0

2

8

0

2

0

0

Samford 11/19/11 Samford 35-16

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

Alabama 11/26/11 Alabama 14-42

Yes

0

0

0

1

3

0

1

10

0

1

10

0

1

0

0

Virginia 12/31/11 Virginia 43-24

Yes

0

0

0

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Season Totals

1

9

0

19

28

1

13

79

1

9

66

0

5

15

1

 

2010 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Tackles

Sacks

PBU

FC

Pres

BK

Ast

Solo

Asst
Loss

Solo
Loss

Loss
Yds

Ast

Solo

Yards

Arkansas St. 09/04/10 Arkansas St. 52-26

Yes

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

Mississippi St. 09/09/10 at MSU 17-14

Yes

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

Clemson 09/18/10 Clemson 27-24

Yes

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

South Carolina 09/25/10 South Carolina 35-27

Yes

1

1

0

1

8

0

1

8

0

0

0

0

La.-Monroe 10/02/10 La.-Monroe 52-3

Yes

0

3

0

2

8

0

1

5

0

0

2

0

Kentucky 10/09/10 at Kentucky 37-34

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Arkansas 10/16/10 Arkansas 65-43

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

LSU 10/23/10 LSU 24-17

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Mississippi 10/30/10 at Mississippi 51-31

Yes

0

2

0

1

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Chattanooga 11/06/10 Chattanooga 62-24

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

Georgia 11/13/10 Georgia 49-31

Yes

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

Alabama 11/26/10 at Alabama 28-27

Yes

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

South Carolina 12/04/10 South Carolina 56-17

Yes

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Oregon 01/10/11 Oregon 22-19

Yes

1

2

0

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Season Totals

6

11

0

5

23

0

2

13

0

1

6

0

 

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