Kennion Excited For Opportunity With Tigers

2014 signee Rasheed Kennion is excited and ready to challenge for playing time this fall with the Tigers.

Jacksonville, Fla.--With injuries hampering an already thin defensive end position for the Auburn Tigers in the spring, one of the most interested spectators was 6-6 1/2, 230 signee Raashed Kennion.

Taking in several practices during his spring break and making a return trip for the A-Day game, Kennion said he liked what he saw from the Tigers, but also also noted that he feels like he's got a chance to help out early.

"I definitely saw the work ethic from them," Kennion tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I see them trying to back things up from last year. They definitely don't want to have a season like before last so they are working harder than they even worked last summer. I'm just ready to get up there.

"I have to take advantage of my opportunities and try to get as much playing time as I can," he added. "I want to be an impact player in the future so I'm definitely looking at it as an opportunity that has been opened up to me."

Losing Dee Ford off last year's SEC Championship team, Defensive Line Coach Rodney Garner is looking for someone to pick up the slack in the pass rush department for the Tigers in 2014. With Carl Lawson, LaDarius Owens and Elijah Daniel three of the players expected to have the potential to be stronger pass rushers, Auburn will need a newcomer or two to help out in the area as well.

Asked if he will be ready to help the Auburn defense this season, Kennion said, "Yes sir, definitely. Of course, my mindset is to come in and try to start right away, but whatever I do I know I have a little bit of development to get to that level.

I talked to Coach Garner and he said I would definitely have a chance to play a lot this year because he needs some pass rushers. Me and Justin Thornton both have that chance and we have been discussing that a lot. It makes me real excited because I'm willing to do anything to contribute for the team."

Kennion and Thornton pose at Auburn's A-Day game. Thornton was standing on an incline so he looks taller, but both are around 6-6.

That showed last season on the basketball court as well when Kennion stepped up big for his team as a power forward. Despite continuing to focus on his strength and overall conditioning to be ready when he arrives at Auburn on May 26, Kennion said his focus was on winning games.

"Basketball was a little bit of surprise for me," Kennion said. "I didn't expect to excel as much as I did because my focus was still on football, but it went real good. I was able to contribute to the team."

Expected to arrive for the first summer semester along with many of his fellow signees, Kennion said he can't wait to get his career started on the Plains because he thinks it's going to be the continuation of something big for the Tigers.

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