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2020 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Cy Sirmon, C, University of Montana

Cy Sirmon the anchor for the University of Montana recently sat down with Jonathan Joyce of NFL Draft Diamonds.

Student-Athlete Profile:

  • Cy Sirmon
  • University of Montana
  • C
  • 6’3”
  • 290 LBS.
  • Hometown: Wenatchee, WA
  • Twitter: @cysirmon59

2019 Accolades & Statistics:

  • 2019 Big Sky Football All-Conference Second Team.
  • GP: 13

First off, congratulations on earning All-Big Sky football honors. What is the first emotion you felt when you found out that information? Who is the first person you called to share the news with?

I was happy when I found out. It’s been a long journey, and to receive that honor was very rewarding. My dad was the first person I called. He is who I turn to when football presents adversity or success.

What have you taken away the most from the Coach Hauck, Coach Germer and the rest of the Montana coaching staff?

Toughness and discipline. They are both old school hard nose football coaches who will test your salt and push you to your limits to help you succeed, and I love them for that.

Football runs in your family (dad John was a four-year starter at Idaho from 1988-92, uncle Peter Sirmon is a member of Oregon’s Hall of Fame at linebacker (1996-99) and he played seven seasons for the Titans, uncle David Sirmon played linebacker at Montana from 1992-95, and was a member of the Grizzlies’ National Title team in 1995). Do you feel any pressure from being a part of a football family?

I’ve always felt motivated but never pressured by my family’s football history. We are very competitive by nature and that made me strive to be the best I could be.

You’ve been a man of different roles during your time as a part of the Grizzly program. Coming in as a LB before transitioning to the interior defensive line and then finding a home on the interior offensive line. What has that process been like and how do you feel like that will help you at the next level?

It’s been humbling and has taught me perseverance. Years of skill work on defense helped my feet, hips, and hands in ways that career O-Lineman never experiences. I think that would help at the next level.

You made a pretty gutsy move after the 2019 Spring Game, popping the question to then-girlfriend Lauren. Had anything in your life up until that moment been as nerve-racking?

Nope, I’ve played a lot of big games, but I had never been so nervous in my life.

When football is over, what do you aspire to do in the professional world?

I want to coach at a collegiate or NFL level. I love football and can’t imagine walking away from it.

What separates you from other players at your position?

My athleticism. Coming from a skill position gives me an edge.

Who is the toughest player you’ve competed against during your collegiate career?

Jordan Scott.

Is there a current or former NFL player you emulate your game after?

Jason Kelce. He went into the University of Cincinnati as a running back before he found a home on the O-Line. I watch the film of him all the time.

Let’s take a trip back to the first day of your freshman year at Wenatchee High School. What advice would you give yourself then, knowing what you know now?

Don’t worry so much about offers and recruiting hype. Just focus on what you can control, the rest will handle itself.

If I’m in Missoula on a Saturday night during the Fall, where is the one place I have to eat?

The Depot.

You’re in front of all 32 NFL General Managers and have 15 words or less to give them your pitch on why Cy Sirmon will be an asset to their organization for years to come. What do you tell them?

I’m disciplined, coachable, and will always find a way to succeed.

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