Kouandjio with the Alabama Crimson Tide in 2012
|No. 71 Buffalo Bills|
|Date of birth:||July 21, 1993|
|Place of birth:||Cameroon|
|Height:||6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)|
|Weight:||322 lb (146 kg)|
|High school:||Hyattsville (MD) DeMatha|
|NFL Draft:||2014 / Round: 2 / Pick: 44|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2016|
Cyrus Berenice Kouandjio (// KWAHN-joh) (born July 21, 1993) is a Cameroon-born American football offensive tackle for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Bills in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He played college football at Alabama.
High school career
Kouandjio attended DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Maryland, where he played football for the Stags program. He competed in the 2011 Under Armour All-America Game. 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. He was the fourth-ranked prospect in the recruiting class of 2011.
On National Signing Day, Kouandjio announced on ESPNU that he would attend Auburn University. Later that day it was reported that he had second thoughts about his choice and was still undecided. Then on February 5, 2011, three days later, Kouandjio's brother Arie announced on his Twitter account that Cyrus would attend the University of Alabama.
In 2012, Kouandjio started all 14 games at left tackle. He had the least number of career starts on the Alabama offensive line in 2012. 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. Kouandjio ended the 2012 season ranked as the top offensive tackle from the 2011 recruiting class.
|Ht||Wt||Arm length||Hand size||40-yd dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert||Broad||BP|
|6 ft 6¾ in||322 lb||35⅝ in||10¼ in||5.59 s||1.93 s||3.19 s||4.84 s||7.71 s||27½ in||8 ft 0 in||21 reps|
|All values from NFL Combine|
He was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He became the fifth Alabama offensive linemen selected in the first two rounds in six years, after Andre Smith, James Carpenter, Chance Warmack, and D. J. Fluker.
On January 26, 2017, Kouandijo suffered a hip injury after falling in his home and underwent surgery. He was expected to recover in time for training camp.
Kouandjio's older brother, Arie, played at Alabama and plays offensive guard for the Washington Redskins. Cyrus is married to his college girlfriend, Elizabeth Van Zandt who was also an athlete at the University of Alabama. On April 20, 2017, Kouandjio was found undressed by deputies and firefighters in Elma, New York. Kouandjio required medical attention in an undisclosed condition, and was granted first-aid. Kouandjio formally turned himself in, avoiding his arrest.
- Halley, Jim (October 25, 2010). "Colleges clamor for Cameroon-born lineman Kouandjio". USA Today.
- Dominant duo becomes talented trio
- ESPNU - Cyrus Kouandjio
- Cyrus Kouandjio announces for Auburn
- Cyrus' Circus
- Twitter - Ariekouandjio
- Cyrus Bama Bound
- Gould, Izzy (October 24, 2011). "Cyrus Kouandjio to undergo season-ending surgery". AL.com.
- Alabama Oline vs Notre Dame 2013
- "2013 All-SEC Football Team Announced". SEC Digital Network. December 10, 2013.
- Bama loses four to NFL draft
- Jones, Lindsay H. (April 27, 2013). "Never too early: 2014 NFL draft's top prospects". USA Today.
- Bills get B- for taking Cyrus Kouandjio at No. 44
- "Cyrus Kouandjio explains why he can't protest during the national anthem". AL.com. Retrieved 2016-12-22.
- Patra, Kevin (January 26, 2017). "Bills OT Cyrus Kouandjio has surgery after hip injury". NFL.com.
- Alabama Crimson Tide linemen Cyrus and Arie Kouandjio just 'regular kids'
- "Bills' Kouandjio in hospital after bizarre incident". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2017-04-20.
- Knoblauch, Austin. "Cyrus Kouandjio found by deputies in field, gets first aid". NFL. Retrieved April 20, 2017.