Cyril Lemon couldn’t have asked for a better college career at North Texas. He started every game since his freshman season, which amounted to 49 consecutive. He earned all-conference honors every year. And now he’s getting an opportunity to show he can play at the next level.
Lemon is participating in the College Gridiron Showcase, practicing before NFL scouts in hopes that he has a future playing on Sundays.
He understands being versatile would help his cause, which is why the 6-foot-3, 315-pound offensive linman worked at several different positions this week going into Saturday’s game at UT-Arlington’s Maverick Stadium.
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It’s just a great opportunity. Not many people get invited to all-star games. So I’m happy to be out here and I’m ready to give it my best and show the scouts what they’re seeing on film is just the same as in person. I’m not trying to do too much, but give it my all.
How do you feel about your college career?
“I had a pretty good run at North Texas. I started every game, was all-conference, so it went well. I have no complaints about it and hope to show I have what it takes to keep playing.
You primarily played right guard and right tackle in college. How has taking snaps at center and left guard this week been?
“I never played left guard in college, never played center at all. But I’m trying to give them every opportunity to pick me and show I can do it.”
Are those tough adjustments?
To be honest, I’m still learning to play center. I’ve been trying to work on that on my own. But left guard is just like right guard with a different stance. I’m not perfect by any means, but, at the end of this week, I should be better at both.”
North Texas has produced some outstanding offensive lineman such as Brian Waters. What would it mean to carry that tradition on?
It’s important because it’s something we take pride in. Everything starts with the O-line, so we have to carry the torch wherever we go. We take so much pride in that at North Texas.