Alabama offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio faced perhaps his toughest assignment this season in Saturday’s win over LSU but did so well the Tide coaches named him one of their players of the week.
Kouandjio, a first-year starter at left tackle, blocked LSU junior Sam Montgomery, a preseason All-America player. Montgomery leads LSU with nine tackles for loss this season. He got one sack against Kouandjio, although it didn’t hurt because it came on Alabama’s second touchdown drive. Other than that, Montgomery finished with three tackles and wasn’t a huge factor.
“As a sophomore, going against Sam, I’ll tell you he’s a grown man,” Kouandjio said. “He’s a grown man on the edge. I love his personality. We talked a little bit back and forth on the line. We talked our little trash, but it was fun.
“But I tell you that was the [most fun] experience I’ve had; that’s the [most fun] person I’ve ever played against. I love his personality. I love everything. We had a big game. He and I went at it the whole game. He won some, I won some. After the game I talked to him and we had a good game and I told him he was the [most fun] person and I love his personality. I shook his hand and we went on.”
Kouandjio wouldn’t reveal what he talked to Montgomery about during the game.
“That’s between me and him,” he said.
He said it wasn’t lots of either trash-talk or jokes.
“No, nothing like that,” he said. “It wasn’t hate, you know. It was pumping each other up. It was fun.”