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

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Aloha Saint George
Saint George, Utah

"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.

JohnInSLC
Cottonwood Heights, UT

"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.

Truth Machine
Salt Lake City, UT

Me, Myself and I

Cite 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.

backpacn
Sandy, UT

JohnInSLC

It'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 both polls.

JohnInSLC
Cottonwood Heights, UT

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!"

Neers
Fruit Heights, UT

Ziggy is awesome! Jeff Call is also a great writer; I enjoy reading his stories.

Proud Ute
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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.

Samwise
Salt Lake City, UT

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 worker too.

Rational
Salt Lake City, UT

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 well.

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