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Auburn's Lemonier entering NFL draft

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) Auburn defensive end Corey Lemonier is skipping his senior season to enter the NFL draft.

Lemonier said Monday it was a tough decision but the one "that was best for me and my family."

Lemonier had 5.5 sacks last season after earning coaches' first-team All-Southeastern Conference honors with 9.5 sacks as a sophomore.

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn says Lemonier "is a class act and we wish him nothing but the best as he pursues his dream to play professional football." He praised Lemonier's contributions both on and off the field.

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.

Updated December 31, 2012

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