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Destiny seemed to point 'Ziggy' Ansah toward BYU — and maybe an NFL career

Published: Thursday, Nov. 29 2012 5:00 a.m. MST

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localblue
Sandy, UT

I hope all this early attention to both Jabari and Ziggy does not prove to be their downfall. I know they are great personalities but the pressure to succeed with enormous early attention can sometimes be too much. Injuries, etc., anything can be the end of a career. I hope for the best for these two.

3grandslams
Iowa City, IA

Tremendous insight. Very cool to have some insight to the incredible Ziggy story. Looking forward to the book. Another notch in the success belt for Bronco Mendenhall.

JohnInSLC
Cottonwood Heights, UT

It's a good thing Riley Nelson didn't want to play on the D line, or Ansah would never have seen the field!

dustman
Nampa, ID

Not the most classy opening line of an article Jeff Benedict. uuugh.

dustman
Nampa, ID

I meant second line. hahaha.

@JohnInSLC: too funny.

BlueCoug
Orem, UT

Pretty cool that a player who didn't even know how to put on his shoulder pads when he joined the BYU football program could be leaving the program as a probable first round NFL draftee.

Congratulations Ziggy!

Good luck at the next level.

SoUtBoy25
Cedar City, UT

Fantastic story and one more reason to follow the Cougs through thick and thin.

Cougarista
Salt Lake City, UT

Good to be Blue.

phoenix
Gilbert, AZ

Even during a disappointing season, a BYU football player provides an inspirational story worthy of a Sports Illustrated cover.

Congrats Ziggy! Well done.

I only wish you had been "discovered" when you were a Sophomore, but I guess that, starting from scratch, that would have been an even more incredible story.

trentster
TUSTIN, CA

Typical of this coaching staff and the brilliant talent evaluating skills of their dually annointed Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator that he did not start until the fifth game of the season. How can that fact be explained? You watch the NFL and Ziggy-type players who cause havoc every Sunday are the most coveted and feared. Players who are 270, tall, strong and possess closing speed. Great article.

Informed Voter
South Jordan, UT

Totally agree with trenstre. I was going to say the same thing and then I read his comment. Sticky is an indication of the coaching staff's inability to judge talent and/or to,refuse to start someone for other reasons. I wish Ziggy all the best.

starthillnotnelson
Kamas/United States, UT

Does Ziggy have a younger brother?

Proud Ute
,

Good story.
Good luck to this young man.

u mad bro?
WVC, UT

JohnInSLC,

even as a cougar fan I gotta laugh at that.

gdog3finally
West Jordan, Utah

Ziggy came out of nowhere. I was shocked by his talent early in the year, and as it wore on, I started thinking here is an NFL caliber player.

johanBjorn
Salt lake city, UT

Weird.

This is a story about BYU, but there are no Utah trolls on here... How does that work?

Good luck at the next level, Ziggy.

runnerguy50
Virginia Beach, Va

Ole Bronco wasn't even starting a NFL lock huh ? Belichek needs to invite Lark to camp.

Rural sport fan
DUCHESNE, UT

Trenster and informed voter, you may want to get informed on how football works, it is a lot more sophisticated than you apparently think. A kid with physical talent but no clue what the plays and situations are is danger to himself and the team; if he goes to the wrong gap or plays the wrong technique, bad things happen. Give the staff the benefit of the doubt, they gave the guy time to learn football and the system before they threw him in full time, and it seems to have worked out.

NWCougar
Wilsonville, OR

Quote from Coach Mendenhall from the article: "This is a guy I never took seriously." Really? A 6-6, 270 lb muscular specimen walks into your office in Provo, UT, perhaps the greatest athlete ever to set foot on campus, and you don't take him seriously? I'm sorry, I don't care how much football this young man had played (zero) before joining the team. He should have been playing against Idaho State and every other no-name team we played the last couple of years to give him experience. How much harm could he do? That's what I've been thinking these past couple of years every time someone mentions this guy. And we get to see his "potential" halfway through this waste of a season.

Another thought. Last time I checked, we have yet to see a Mendenhall-recruited BYU football player drafted in the NFL. Ziggy wasn't recruited by Bronco; he practically ignored Ziggy. It would seem Bronco doesn't know talent when it falls in his lap. Amazing. I'd love to see Lark go ballistic on SDSU and land a free agent contract.

trentster
TUSTIN, CA

Mr. Rural, I am sorry that I may not be as sophisticated football-wise as you. Is not football about tackling, blocking and in short, knocking the crap out of quarterbacks, which Ziggy does to the extent that scouts are drooling over his skill level to the point that he is a projected 1st round pick? All this being accomplished while being in the program for around 3 years, which should have been sufficient time for the braintrust to realize his amazing skills. NW brings up a great point that no Bronco recruit has been drafted, so much for evaluation savvy.

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