The most predictable thing about an article like this -- about a nice individual
-- is that t-r-o-l-l-s will crawl out from under their bridges and try and make
the article about their respective football teams, from whom they hope to bask
in some borrowed glory. Get a clue. Nothing your football team does will make
you smarter, richer, better looking, or more attractive to women.Take a page from Aloha St. George: Aggie fan, complimentary of and happy for
Ziggy. I'm a BYU fan, and I still hope Alex Smith finishes at the pinnacle
of his trade, just as John Beck and Eric Weddle root for one another. Alex is
from our state, I followed his career as player for a rival, and I wish him
JohnInSLC,Actually Ziggy is not the only one on BYU this year with NFL
potential, nice try though. Also he is not a lineman, he is a linebacker. Van
Noy at the very least will also be playing in the NFL in the near future
(hopefully not too soon though, I hope he decides to stay for his senior
season), as well as maybe a few others on Defense. As far as the offense goes,
likely Hoffman will at least get a chance, and depending on how he develops
Jamal Williams I think has an outside chance. Maybe one or two others on
offense.On a personal note, I know Ziggy personally. He is a great
guy but can be a bit of a goof ball sometimes. Obviously very smart and a hard
I always love a good story where an unknown or unheralded individual does well
no matter the school or whether it's sports, arts or academics. Good
luck to Ziggy, hope he completes his education and gets a chance to play in the
NFL if that's what he wants.
Ziggy is awesome! Jeff Call is also a great writer; I enjoy reading his
backpain:Since 1922--when BYU finally admitted it played football,
Utah has won 24 conference championships, BYU 23. BYU finished in the Top 10
three times in a 14 year span: 1983, 1984 (yes, the Y won the NC that year, but
didn't get the crystal trophy until 2 decades later, hah!) and 1996. Utah
also has 3 Top 10 finishes in : 1994, 2004 and 2008. So, the best
measuring stick between the two is head-to-head record during that time: Utah
leads, 53-31-4. As your revered Jimmy Mac famously said, "Scoreboard!"
JohnInSLCIt's nice that Ike Armstrong was recognized with a
lifetime achievement award in 1957, but not a single one of his teams
didn't anything of note on a national scale.Utah has never had
a single player receive a national individual award or be inducted into National
College Football Hall of Fame, and as a team, the Utes didn't even crack
the AP Top 25 for the first time until 1994, and even then, they weren't
good enough to win the WAC championship.It wasn't until 2004
that the Utes won a conference championship AND finished higher than 20th in
Me, Myself and ICite one significant accomplishment the Utes had on
a national scale before 2004.As for your starting date for BYU and
Utah football history, 1898 is incorrect for both programs.Utah
played its first football game in 1892, the year in which the Utes had their
first and only win against the SLC YMCA - Utah is 1-6 versus the YMCA.BY Academy (little more than a high school at the time) did play Utah in 1896,
1897, and 1898, with BY Academy winning three of the five games.BYU
didn't start playing football until 1922, THIRTY years after the Utes began
their football program.
"You're just jealous that Utah has no legacy when in comes to football.
Utah fans live in this fantasy world . . ."mid-major:Evidently your selective definition of "legacy" only includes the
1980's. Utah's coach Ike Armstrong was inducted into the College
Football Hall of Fame in 1957, back when Utah FIRST owned BYU and well before Y
fans even knew it had a football team. As far as fan jealousy, your
screen name tells us all we need to know about YOUR jealousy.
"Ziggy didn't just sack (Aggie quarterback Chuckie Keeton)," said
Cougar linebacker Kyle Van Noy, who is Ansah's roommate. "He wrapped
him up, swallowed him, and dumped him on his head."I am an Aggie
fan and watching Ziggy- the above comment was no exageration. This kid is a
presence on the field. I love nothing more than to watch good football. You can
tell this guy is solid- in passion and technique. He probably didn't have
to break a lot of bad football habits when he learned as a greeney. Hope he
continues to do well.
@ midpacmajoractually 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.
JuggernautFIVE 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.
JohnInSLCThese 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.
re: Solomon LeviFirst of all, 8 out of 11 slightly indicates that
we are not little brothers. just a heads up. This was an interesting story
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"]
JohnInSLCIt 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.
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!
JohnInSLCRemind 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.
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.
Kyle Gunther couldn't block Ziggy if his life depended on it.
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!!
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.
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.
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....
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!
Maybe he ought to be a running back occasioally --- can you imagine him
barrelling down on you.
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!
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
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.
Bronco can thank the head track coach for finding this kid.