Overview: Cyrus Stanback is junior who is a defensive tackle who started off his college career at North Carolina Central before transferring to University of North Carolina Pembroke. During his time at North Carolina Central he started and participated in the 2016 Celebration Bowl against Grambling State. He has a good football IQ and has great footwork.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Cyrus, during which time he told me more about his background, his personality and his overall love for football.
C: For the people who do not know your story, how did you wind up choosing University of North Carolina Pembroke?
CS: I transferred from North Carolina Central University, where I completed two years. This is my first year at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. I choose to transfer to this institution because, it is closer to my mother.
C: How do you plan on making yourself stand out and noticed by NFL scouts?
CS: I plan on making myself stand out by, playing to the best of my abilities. I will get off blocks quickly, and try to become an All-American.
C: What would you say are your strengths and weaknesses?
CS: My strengths are, my IQ during the game, being quick on my feet, and able to consistently beat blocks, and double teams. I can be more explosive, get off the ball quicker, and use my hands.
C: What separates you from the other players at your position?
CS: My level separates me from other players. I am confident in what I do on the field.
C: When did you first fall in love with playing football?
CS: I started playing football in the seventh grade. During my eighth-grade year, I became aware of being able to get a college education without the stress on my mother. This made me want to continue to play football.
C: Which current or former NFL player do you think you resemble and why?
CS: Aaron Donald resembles me, because we are the same height, and the way we get off the ball resemble each other. Also, the way he throws blockers around corresponds with mines.
C: Who is the toughest player you’ve ever faced in your college career?
CS: The toughest player I have played, was a player from Western Michigan, number seventy-two. He now plays for the league, I played against him when I attended North Carolina Central University.
C: How do you prepare for game day? Do you have any game day rituals?
CS: Before game day I listen to Lud Foe’s mixtape, No Hooks 2. Before every game, I pray to my lost ones: my Aunt Lorraine, my father, grandmother, and a lost teammate.
C: What is the most inspirational or powerful thing a coach has ever said to you in your college career?
CS: A coach at NCCU inspired me by making sure I was aware that I could feed my family without working 9 to 5.
C: What should people reading this interview know about you?
CS: People should know that I played in the Shrine Bowl, in 2015. The Shrine Bowl is a game where they host, the best athletes from North and South Carolina. I am also a handworker and committed and will do my best to make something out of every situation presented to me, whether it is the NFL or CFL.
Locker Room Update would like to thank Cyrus Stanback for taking the time to speak with us. We wish him the best of luck as he continues his journey as a professional football player.
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Christa is a syndicated New York Jets beat writer and acts as the primary talent scout for Locker Room Update, where she interviews college football players from around the nation. You can follow her author page on Facebook here for the latest updates.