Arie Kouandjio is an offensive guard for the University of Alabama Crimson Tide of the Southeastern Conference. He was named a 2014 preseason second-team All-American by Phil Steele.
Arie Kouandjio is the older brother of former Alabama left tackle, Cyrus Kouandjio, and hails from Cameroon. The elder Kouandjio attended DeMatha Catholic in Maryland where he tallied 23 pancake blocks his senior season. He was named a U.S. Army All-American, a SuperPrep magazine All-American and a four-star prospect out of high school. Rivals.com rated Kouandjio as the number-12 offensive tackle in the country. ESPN U ranked Kouandjio the number-14 offensive guard recruit. The likes of California, Maryland, Southern California and Miami offered Kouandjio a scholarship along with Alabama.
Kouandjio redshirted in 2010 and saw some playing time in 2011 before a knee injury that required surgery ended his season. Kouandjio participated in 10 games as a sophomore in 2012. In 2013, he anchored the left side of the line with his brother Cyrus. Kouandjio played in 13 games while starting 12 of them in 2013 with the Crimson Tide. He was part of a unit that surrendered only 17 sacks in 14 games, an improvement from 23 in 2012. Cyrus is currently in the NFL and the elder Kouandjio, who has come back from multiple knee surgeries, could very well follow in his footsteps with a strong 2014.
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