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Ben Lennon is set to try his hand at punting for a US college team - AFL,Richmond Tigers,Ben Lennon
Ben Lennon is set to try his hand at punting for a US college team

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FORMER Richmond forward Ben Lennon opted against nominating for this year's NAB AFL Draft, instead choosing to pursue hopes of becoming an American football punter. 

Lennon, 22, has been training with Prokick Australia, the punting program helping players transition to American football, honing his punting technique in the hope of being offered a scholarship by a US college. 

The forward, pick No.12 in the 2013 NAB AFL Draft, played 21 games in four seasons for the Tigers, including two in 2017 before being delisted.

Lennon featured in the Richmond's VFL team's Grand Final loss to Port Melbourne, with the forward missing a shot at goal from outside 50 after the siren that would have secured the Tigers victory. 

Lennon is set to follow in the footsteps of ex-Saint Arryn Siposs who has been offered a scholarship to punt by college football powerhouse Auburn University.