Auburn's Lemonier picking up his game

Quick trivia question: Who leads the SEC in sacks?

No, it’s not Melvin Ingram or Jadeveon Clowney from South Carolina. And it’s not Courtney Upshaw from Alabama.

The correct answer is ... Auburn’s Corey Lemonier.

The Tigers’ sophomore defensive end has six sacks, and he’s also second in the league with 10 tackles for loss.

But over and above those glistening numbers, he’s become a better football player. He’s more disciplined, doesn’t get caught out of position as much and is more dependable when it comes to finishing plays.

Auburn coach Gene Chizik said there’s no question that Lemonier has improved. That said, there’s still a lot more out there for the 6-4, 240-pound Lemonier.

“He’s still not at the level that we’d like him to be ultimately, but he has made some plays,” Chizik said. “I think there’s been a very conscientious effort on his part to improve as a football player.

“I don’t feel like at the beginning of the season that he was as productive as he could be based on his talent and skill level. But I think he took that to heart and has certainly improved his game over the last month when we’ve played against some really good teams, and he’s played against some very, very talented players.

“So I think he’s improved with a long way in front of him to continue to improve.”