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When you think about football Arkansas, you wouldn’t expect to see a child from a Paris suburbs.
But then again, it’s impossible to miss Nour-Eddine Seidnaly, the 6’5 ″ lineman, 330 pounds Clichy, France. The huge offensive lineman was a staple States of arkansas offend the last three seasons. Since he joined the Red wolves programme, Seidnaly has been a constant contributor on the offensive line. In 2018, after a season of red shirts preparing for division one football, the great French started eight games on an offensive tackle for an offense that ended the season 17the in the nation, and a team that finished with an 8-5 record. After sitting down in 2019 with a knee injury, Seidnaly came back strong in 2020 to regain his starting place as State of arkansas left tackle.
Represent France at Division 1 college football level is important for Seidnaly :
“It’s great to know that there are people supporting me throughout this long process and it motivates me to try harder every day”
Before playing against top division talents in one of the main football regions of America, Seidnaly had an unusual trip. In fact, he only found out through his PlayStation. After a few years of his interest and growing massive body, he encouraged him to try the game and he joined the The Molose Dasnier football team in France.
At the end of his adolescence, Seidnaly and his family moved to Silver Spring Maryland. It meant leaving his homeland, friends and family behind France, and Seidnaly knew that it would be a challenge for him to adapt to a new country, a new language and a new culture. He struggled with his new language and it kept him from trying Bethesda Chevy-Chase Barons football team. Finally, encouraged by his friends, he enrolled in his first year. He fell into it naturally and became the dominant defensive lineman who used his size and raw athleticism to terrorize the locals. Maryland high school quarters.
“As my English improved and I started to have friends around school, some of them told me to play football because of my height and I didn’t never stopped since!
After graduating from high school, he headed north ASA Junior College in Brooklyn, New York. Coaches like SO told him he had Division 1 potential but due to his late start he needed to hone his skills. So they went to work, making him go offensive line. It seems that Div. 1 coaches agreed with the change. After two years at SO, the old one Les Molose Dansier player had collected more than 20 Division 1 offers.
“Going from defense to offense was a lot more difficult than I thought because you have to be a lot more detailed, disciplined and consistent to play offensive line.”
Seidnaly’s the focus now is on going pro and chasing his dream of playing in the NFL. There’s no question that the 6’5 ″ lineman has the height to turn the scouts’ heads. From now on, his determination and tenacity coupled with his skills will be the keys. the Clichy native has come a long way from his humble beginnings in football France and it looks like he’s not done yet.
“My plans for the future are to play football in the NFL soon!”