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Published: Wednesday, Oct. 10 2012 11:01 p.m. MDT

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SundanceKid27
OREM, UT

Bronco can thank the head track coach for finding this kid.

localblue
Sandy, UT

I don't understand the I don't know you and I don't trust you. Ok, I get I don't know you. But I don't trust you? Is Bronco some kind of high-horse prima donna where everybody who first meets him has to first earn his trust before he'll work with them? Maybe it's just his way of motivating but at least the way the story reads you'd think he could have at least given the guy a little pep talk at first rather than dissing from the get go. I'm guessing it's not exactly as written and Bronco is just trying to please the news media with his initial comment to the kid.

Buffalo1
McLean, VA

I sure wish that Ziggy were a Sophomore instead of a Senior. Two more years of experience at the college level would help Ziggy and really help BYU. Regardless, I sure hope that he stays injury free, and gets his shot at the NFL. Great kid, by all accounts.

Buffalochip1

Red
Salt Lake City, UT

Great story! It is fun watching you play Ziggy. Just know that there is a lot more to life than playing in the NFL.

You have so many good opportunities to make the world better. Just keep doing your best and love life.

If you have chance to play in the NFL then be prepared for the hardest time of your life. It for sure won't be like BYU where all your teammates are trying to help you get better.

The NFL is a business and everyone is trying to protect their own job. You will be a threat to them. Go talk to Andrew Rich about his experience. I think that is what most people go through. It will be a lot of hard work for a few moments and flashes glory.

Good Luck to you!

deseret pete
robertson, Wy

Maybe he ought to be a running back occasioally --- can you imagine him barrelling down on you.

OKLAHOMA Cougar Fan
Piedmont, OKLAHOMA

The "Blind Side" actually embellished Michael Oher's lack of football playing experience. Oher will be the first to tell you "Football was his game all his life." He knew how to play football, he just had nowhere to live.
Ziggy's story is fun because he had never seen a football 3 years ago, and now he is possibly heading to the NFL. I am a big fan. I love watching him chase down QB's and running backs in the backfield. What a STORY this is!

CT98
Saint George, UT

Ziggy's gotta get a touchdown before he graduates. He almost had one last week but it was called back. Once he gets a fumble recovery it will be tough for anyone to chase him down as he rumbles in for 6. I'm crossing my fingers for this weekend....

SlopJ30
St Louis, MO

Localblue, I think you're taking the "I don't trust you" too literally. I have to assume he was speaking purely as a coach, as in "We'll give you a shot, but I'm not going to assume you're going to have the fire or discipline to learn how to play this game." Bronco trusts players based on actions, and he had nothing to base any trust on with Ziggy. Admittedly, Bronco's "trust" might go too far sometimes, sticking with "his guys" even if they aren't performing, but in general this is the way it should be.

To come into a sport with no experience and hope to succeed at the D-1 level, you would need to be uncommonly determined, regardless of athletic chops. No-one should be given that trust before it's earned.

Solomon Levi
Alpine, UT

Great story!

Ziggy is a prime example that the number of stars next to your name isn't the end-all-be-all of football potential.

gundy
ogden, UT

Great article!! Ziggy is proving all of the local media wrong that doubted him at the start of the season. There is no way he gets drafted!! He has no technique, I am fat and haven't played football for a few years and I can block him. -Kyle Gunther
Way to go Ziggy!!

royalblue
Alpine, UT

Kyle Gunther couldn't block Ziggy if his life depended on it.

JohnInSLC
Cottonwood Heights, UT

A nice, heartwarming story.

However, it cracks me up that the DNews headlines it with mention of "NFL potential." They must get real excited that a cougar lineman might actually have a shot at playing on Sunday.

Solomon Levi
Alpine, UT

JohnInSLC

Remind us once again which program has had TWO Outland Trophy winners (awarded annually to the nation's top interior lineman), and which program has NEVER had a single national individual award winner.

It cracks me up that our little brothers up north are so insanely jealous of any national attention received by BYU.

Utah'95
FPO, AE

Great story. I wish Ziggy the best of luck. He's a great athlete, and a lot of fun to watch.

I'm glad my Utes don't have to face him next year!

SportsFan
Orem, UT

JohnInSLC

It cracks me up that a PAC 10.2 fan is so jealous of Ziggy, an unheralded walk on, being mentioned as having NFL potential. The DNews simply encapsulated the comments of others in their headline.

JohnInSLC
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Levi:

Way to take us back to the Reagan Administration. Not many NFL-caliber lineman since then.

While you're looking that up tell me how many No. 1 draft picks your "legacy" program has produced, ever? [hint: rhymes with "hero"]

Juggernaut
Cedar Hills, UT

re: Solomon Levi

First of all, 8 out of 11 slightly indicates that we are not little brothers. just a heads up. This was an interesting story though.

midpacmajor
Salt Lake City, Utah

JohnInSLC

These days, NFL scouts are flocking to Provo to watch Ansah and learn more about him. ESPN commentators are gushing about his jaw-dropping burst into the backfield. Ansah's playing style has drawn comparisons to Jason Pierre-Paul of the New York Giants.

"While he remains a raw, unpolished player at this point, an NFC South scout described Ansah as an 'athletic freak' with unlimited upside," wrote NFL.com analyst Bucky Brooks. "If he can continue to put flashes of dominance on tape over the course of the season, it wouldn't be surprising to see Ansah enjoy a late run up the charts heading into the 2013 NFL Draft."

DNews hype or whiny Utah fan jealousy - it's obvious which is correct.

While you're making comparisons, tell us how many Utah players have been NFL and Super Bowl MVP's.

You're just jealous that Utah has no legacy when in comes to football. Utah fans live in this fantasy world where national college football history didn't begin until 2004.

phoenix
Gilbert, AZ

Juggernaut

FIVE of 7 Top 25 Finishes for Bronco versus only THREE for Kyle indicates that 8 of 11 isn't that significant in the overall picture.

Me, Myself and I
The Promised Land, UT

@ midpacmajor

actually for BYU and Utah football history began in 1898. Since then both programs have accomplished great achievements both as individuals and as teams. Each has some achievements the other would like to have but doesn't. I like your passion as a fan but when we take that passion and let it blur the reality of things we end up saying things that make us sound foolish and toss credibility in the trash. I offer the same advice to my fellow Utah fans.

This article was about a great story of a young man who is overcoming his challenges and just might end up taking his skills to the highest level possible. Let's all try to keep on topic and enjoy a great story about this great game when we have a chance.

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