AUBURN, Ala. — Gabe Wright couldn't recall the last time Auburn had a defensive lineman quite like Raashed Kennion. Certainly, the Tigers had a talented pass-rusher last year in Dee Ford; Carl Lawson was expected to fill that role this season prior to suffering a knee injury in the spring that will keep him on the sidelines for an extended period of time.
What neither Ford nor Lawson had was Kennion's height.
"I don't know the last time we had a 6'5", lanky speed defensive end," Wright said following the Tigers' practice Friday. "Dee Ford was a little under 6'2", Carl's an even 6'2" guy. You know, (Kennion) sets the tone with his speed rush. The bigger he gets, the more experience he gains, he'll learn how to use more power and stuff."
But he's not the only new face that has impressed Wright. DaVonte Lambert, who joined the team after transferring from Georgia Military College, has shown that he can play anywhere on the line.
"Lambert's more in the 285, 290 (pound) range," said Wright, a senior. "But Lambert has a good combination of bulling, which is really going to make a tackle do one or more things. Also, that bull, he can also do other quick moves, and that's some of the things 'Coach G' (defensive line coach Rodney Garner) likes in first and second-down packages with me and Lambert."