Cyrus Kouandjio

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Cyrus Kouandjio

Kouandjio in three-point stance against Florida Atlantic in 2012.
Alabama Crimson TideNo. 71
Offensive tackleJunior
Date of birth: (1993-07-21) July 21, 1993 (age 20)
Place of birth: Cameroon
Height: 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)Weight: 311 lb (141 kg)
Career history
High school: Hyattsville (MD) DeMatha Catholic
 College(s):
Career highlights and awards
Stats at ESPN.com
 
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Cyrus Kouandjio

Kouandjio in three-point stance against Florida Atlantic in 2012.
Alabama Crimson TideNo. 71
Offensive tackleJunior
Date of birth: (1993-07-21) July 21, 1993 (age 20)
Place of birth: Cameroon
Height: 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)Weight: 311 lb (141 kg)
Career history
High school: Hyattsville (MD) DeMatha Catholic
 College(s):
Career highlights and awards
Stats at ESPN.com

Cyrus Kouandjio (/ˈkwɑːn/ KWAHN-joh) (born July 21, 1993) is a Cameroonian-born American football offensive lineman for the Alabama Crimson Tide.[1]

High school career[edit]

Kouandjio attended DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Maryland. He competed in the 2011 Under Armour All-America Game.[2] Kouandjio, a five-star and consensus top offensive line prospect in the nation by Rivals.com, ESPN, Scout.com, and SuperPrep, received offers from over sixty schools, including: Alabama, Auburn, New Mexico, USC, and Iowa.[3] He was the fourth-ranked prospect in the recruiting class of 2011.[4]

His brother Arie is an offensive tackle at Alabama.[5] On National Signing Day, Kouandjio announced on ESPNU that he would attend Auburn University.[6] Later that day it was reported that he had second thoughts about his choice and was still undecided.[7] Then on February 5, 2011, three days later, Kuandjio's brother Arie announced on his Twitter account that Cyrus would attend the University of Alabama.[8][9]

College career[edit]

2011: Kouandjio contributed as a true freshman, playing in eight games until a knee injury in the second half against Tennessee ended his season.[10]

2012: Kouandjio started all 14 games at left tackle. He had the least number of career starts on the Alabama offensive line in 2012, but only two of the five starters on the offensive line in 2012 (Kouandjio and right guard Anthony Steen) will return for the 2013 season. In the 2013 BCS National Championship Game against Notre Dame, Alabama repeatedly ran to the left behind Kouandjio, contributing to 265 net yards rushing and 5.9 yards per rush. On Alabama's third drive Kouandjio pancake blocked Notre Dame defensive end Sheldon Day.[11][12] Kouandjio ended the 2012 season ranked as the top offensive tackle from the 2011 draft class.[13]

Professional career[edit]

As early as April 2013, Kouandjio was projected as one of the top selections in the 2014 NFL Draft.[14]

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