Kouandjio, from Hyattsville, Md., is the Crimson Tide's junior left tackle and a veteran of 24 starts over the past two years for an Alabama offensive line that has been one of the best in the nation. He has a team-high 14 knockdown blocks while allowing just 1.5 sacks in 286 pass attempts in 2013. Kouandjio has blocked for 17 100-yard rushers over the past two seasons as a starter, including seven this year. He anchors an offensive line that ranks ninth nationally in fewest sacks allowed (.90 per game) while opening holes for one of the most-balanced offenses in the nation, averaging 207.5 yards on the ground, 238.2 yards in the air and 38.8 points per game.
Has started all 13 games at left tackle, blocking for eight individual 100-yard rushing performances ... has helped open holes for 224.6 yards of rushing offense per game (439.1 of total offense) ... has allowed only 3.5 sacks, as a first-year starter ... graded out at 90 percent or better in six games: Florida Atlantic, Missouri, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Western Carolina and Auburn ... has 21 pancake blocks. Michigan: Opened holes for 232 yards on the ground (431 total offense) ... T.J. Yeldon became the first Alabama freshman to rush for over 100 yards (111 yards) in his debut game. Western Kentucky: Blocked for 328 yards of total offense in a 35-0 shutout ... provided the time for AJ McCarron to throw for four touchdowns. Arkansas: Helped block for 438 yards of total offense, including 225 rushing yards ... part of an offensive line that did not allow a sack. Florida Atlantic: The Tide turned in another impressive show of balance in 40-7 win, rushing for 256 yards and passing for 247 ... graded out at 92 percent ... blocked for Eddie Lacy's 106 yards on only 15 first-half carries. Mississippi: Helped block for 305 yards of total offense ... provided time for McCarron to complete 73 percent of his passes (2 TDs). Missouri: Helped the Alabama offense break out for 533 total yards of offense including 362 yards on the ground ... provided the holes for two 100-yards rushers, on career-highs from Lacy (177) and Yeldon (144) ... finished with a grade of 90 percent. Tennessee: Played his best game to date, with grade of 94 percent ... helped provide the holes and time for offense to amass 539 yards of total offense ... protected the blind side of the line for McCarron to pass for 306 yards and four touchdowns ... helped open holes for Yeldon to rush for 129 yards and two scores. Mississippi State: Blocked for 414 yards of total offense, including 179 net yards on the ground ... helped open holes for Yeldon, who averaged 8.4 yards per carry and scored his seventh touchdown of the season. LSU: Earned offensive player of the week honors from coaching staff ... graded out at 89 percent with three pancake blocks ... part of line that kept a bruised McCarron upright in 21-17 come-from-behind road victory over No. 5 Tigers ... helped provide plenty of time to pass on game-winning drive that covered 72 yards (all in the air) in only 43 seconds, capped by a 28-yard touchdown pass to Yeldon ... blocked for 165 yards rushing with Lacy averaging 7.5 yards per rush (touchdown) and Yeldon 6.9. Texas A&M: Helped provide time for McCarron to throw for 309 yards and a touchdown ... opened some of the holes for Lacy's 92 rushing yards on 16 carries (5.8 yards per rush) ...had no missed assignments on 66 snaps with two pancake blocks ... posted a grade of 90 percent. Western Carolina: It was a short but successful day for the starting linemen, exiting late in the second quarter with a 35-0 lead ... helped block on four rushing touchdowns (three by Lacy) and 300 rushing yards ... did not allow a sack. Auburn: Did not allow a sack as the Tide rolled up 483 yards of total offense and scored 49 points ... played only one series in the third quarter and graded out at 94 percent for the game, on 50 plays ... helped block for Lacy's 131-yard, two-touchdown performance. Georgia: Opened holes for SEC Championship Game record 350 rushing yards ... helped Lacy (181 yards) and Yeldon (153) rush for career highs ... part of line that blocked for 512 yards of offense ... team-best four pancake blocks.
Cyrus Kouandjio played in eight games as the coaching staff looks to continue to develop the talented left tackle ... suffered a season-ending knee injury in the second half of the Tennessee game.
Kouandjio was one of the elite prospects at any position in the 2011 signing class ... The younger brother of 2010 Alabama recruit, Arie ... A Parade All-American ... The consensus top offensive line prospect in the nation by Rivals.com, ESPNU, Scout.com, SuperPrep and Tom Lemming ... The No. 2 overall player nationally by Scout.com and SuperPrep Magazine ... No. 3 prospect in the ESPNU 150 and third nationally by Tom Lemming at MaxPreps ... Rivals.com ranked Kouandjio as the No. 4 player in the country ... An overpowering run blocker with excellent athleticism ... Tremendous overall speed and quickness for a player his size ... Started at left tackle in the Under Armour All-American Game ... SuperPrep All-American and the No. 1 player in the MidAtlantic Region ... SuperPrep MidAtlantic Offensive Player of the Year ... A consensus first-team All-State selection in Maryland ... Held over 60 scholarship offers ... Chose the Crimson Tide over virtually every major college football program.
05/12/2014 - The Bills made a concerted effort to upgrade their offensive line, and one of the key factors in the selection of players was size. Second-rounder Cyrus Kouandjio of Alabama is 6-foot-7, 322, fifth-rounder Cyril Richardson of Baylor is 6-foot-5, 343, and seventh-rounder Seantrel Henderson is 6-foot-7, 331. "We talked about this, Doug (Whaley) and I, and we talked about it with the scouts," said Marrone, an ex-offensive lineman himself. "I think you can see it throughout the AFC East. I can't speak for the other teams, but you look at the defensive linemen that are in this division and you're going against everyone in New York to the guys in Miami and obviously the players in New England and then you look at the players we're getting. The people inside, everyone is getting bigger players, at least in our division if you look at it. I can't really say the reason why the other people are doing it, but we're doing it for the matchups. So that we can matchup with those players inside." - The Sports Xchange