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ESPN: Teammates, opponents share stories of BYU's Ziggy Ansah

Published: Tuesday, April 16 2013 7:17 a.m. MDT

BYU's Ezekiel Ansah runs through drills during the 2013 Pro Day at BYU in Provo. (Laura Seitz, Deseret News) BYU's Ezekiel Ansah runs through drills during the 2013 Pro Day at BYU in Provo. (Laura Seitz, Deseret News)

ESPN The Magazine recently compiled a series of anecdotes about Ziggy Ansah as told by teammates, opposing players, coaches and others.

Most of the stories center around Ansah's explosive athletic abilities on the field despite having almost no knowledge of the game of football.

Boise State head coach Chris Petersen recalled how Ansah was subbed into a game for an injured player in a goal line situation, catching Boise State's coaching staff off guard.

"Suddenly this No. 47 blasted in and dropped [running back] D.J. Harper for a loss. Next play, he did it again. They ended up stopping us on downs. We had zero information on No. 47, so our staff was scrambling for a roster, asking, 'Who is this guy?' He was so big, we wondered if maybe BYU had a jersey mix-up and one of its starters had switched numbers for a couple of plays or something."

Georgia Tech player Omoregie Uzzi recalled how polite and humble Ansah seemed despite his dominant performance that day.

"Ansah killed us. He was all over the place all day. But the crazy thing was, the whole time he was smiling and very polite, like, 'This is fun; thank you for playing with us today.' You don't want to like a guy who is beating up on you, but you couldn't help it with him."

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