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Published: Wednesday, Feb. 13 2013 12:15 p.m. MST

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ImaCaMan
Oceanside, CA

Interesting that one of the hottest names in scouting circles, a BYU player, wasn't recruited by Bronco. His recruits go on to obscurity.

CougarColby
Fort Benning, GA

@ImaCaMan

Is this a Utah troll making the only comment here? Spare me. Let us not forget that NOBODY in the whole entire world recruited this guy to play football. It is a testament to Bronco and his defensive staff that they took him from not being able to put on his own pads, to being a first round draft pick.

Glass is half full brother!

sls
Columbia, MO

Ansah wasn't recruited by anybody. It goes to show that the recruiting wars with their stars are just a bunch of bunk, especially since a small percentage of the four-star recruits go on to contribute significantly to their teams. There are more Ezekiel Ansahs, Jim McMahons and Steve Youngs out there who are overlooked by the so-called major conferences in their attempts to get a corner on all the talent.

Naval Vet
Philadelphia, PA

sls:

"It goes to show that the recruiting wars with their stars are just a bunch of bunk,..."

Yeah...and ESPECIALLY whenever one's team is stuck filling 3/4 of their class with unheralded 2-stars. Haha!

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

Oh tell us the story of how he didnt know how to put his pads on several years ago too.

We haven't heard that one in probably a week!

This story is neat-o

worf
Mcallen, TX

Tell us a story of the utes going to the Rose Bowl. Yep! Their losses helped other teams to bowl games.

Cougsrock original
Maricopa, Az

Chris B. The coaching staff is obviously doing their jobs. he can now put his pads on.

OCoug
Ogden, UT

I hope Ansah can become a dominate player in the league. Either way his story is pretty remarkable, from not being able to put on his pads to an NFL first rounder. Its pretty neat.

TrollPolice
Salt Lake City, UT

An article that has absolutely nothing to do with our little brothers on the hill, yet here they are spewing their jealous spam.

It galls them beyond belief that Bronco saw in Ziggy enough potential to take a player who had never played the game and give him the opportunity to learn the game as a member of a major college program.

Bronco and his staff were patient in teaching Ziggy the fundamentals and letting him learn at his own pace. When he was ready, BYU gave Ziggy the opportunity to play and he quickly blossomed into a star, even though he obviously still had much to learn about technique.

A truly great story of perseverance and patience that any true sports fan could admire, except of course, our BYU hating little brothers who simply aren't mature enough to be able to handle any story that casts BYU in a positive light.

killarney
Lincoln Park, IL

In answer to the question:

"Could BYU's Ezekiel Ansah be the next J.J. Watt?"

I think, Ansah will be the first Ziggy, the gold standard for players rising from nothing to NFL star.

EdGrady
Idaho Falls, ID

Some guys do it on the field (Ezekiel Ansah) and some guys do in the newspaper (Star Lotulelei)

Cougs4Life
Gilbert, AZ

Could we just let Ziggy be the first Ziggy without expecting him to be JJ Watt?

WisCoug
MOUNT HOREB, WI

In response to the comment (killarney):
I think, Ansah will be the first Ziggy, the gold standard for players rising from nothing to NFL star.

Did you know that Watt, after being passed over for a scholarship at Wisconsin and playing TE at Central Michigan for a year, was attending a community college and delivering pizzas when he got his break and enrolled at Wisconsin as a preferred walk-on? Three years (two seasons of football and a redshirt year) later he won the Lott trophy and was drafted 11th overall by the Texans. Swap Ghana for Waukesha and their stories become quite similar.

scott
Alpine, UT

WisCoug

Not to take anything away from Watt, sounds like another great story of perseverance, but at least Watt knew how to put on a pair of shoulder pads before he enrolled at Wisconsin.

Duckhunted
provo, UT

EdGrady

Idaho Falls, ID

Some guys do it on the field (Ezekiel Ansah) and some guys do in the newspaper (Star Lotulelei)

Have you ever actually watched a football game Ed? Ziggy has a chance too be good. Star will be an All-Pro. You need a reality check!!

Duckhunted
provo, UT

TrollPolice,

I'm a Utah fan and the first time I saw Ziggy play it was, where have they been hiding this guy. He is an absolute stud and will be a first round pick. It's too bad he only played one year. He will have a great career as a situational player. If he learns how to play run defense he could be really good!

Where's Stockton ???
Bowling Green, OH

Such expressive sentiment from the local fans of a team who for the past two years have garnered nothing but handouts from the PAC 10.2

The Rock
Federal Way, WA

Ziggy can zig
Ziggy can zag
Ziggy can run but not as fast as Ute tongues wag

When first to BYU Ziggy came
The end zone he could not name.

He put his pads in the wrong place.
He knew not which goal he should face.

Ziggy was fast, strong and smart.
After three years he did start.

He runs like the wind and hits like a truck
He plants opposing quarterbacks like sitting ducks

The insults from Utes they do quadruple
Ziggy's like the Borg, resistance if futile

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