Dick Harmon: BYU football: Unheralded BYU defensive end Ezekiel Ansah has stepped into spotlight

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  • Cougar Claws Lindon, UT
    June 8, 2013 7:01 p.m.

    Re: aunt lucy

    Actually it's both. I realize this is way late and no one will probably read this, but I had to respond. There is a reason coaches harp on "execution." Believe it or not there is a very big mental part to the game as well, particularly at the QB position, or on any position when you have to know your assignment on a play.

  • sls Columbia, MO
    Oct. 3, 2012 6:35 a.m.

    Didn't BYU have a star player before (as in Outland Trophy winner) who never played high school football? If I remember correctly, his name was Mo Elewonibi, or something like that.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Oct. 2, 2012 8:49 p.m.


    When they "Gray Shirt" they are only taking a minimum number of credits which by NCAA rules does not count as them beginning school and so their eligibility clock does not start.

  • fresnogirl Fresno, CA
    Oct. 2, 2012 5:38 p.m.

    I remember when Ziggy first came on the scene and Bronco was talking about him. I love that Bronco both see the potential of an athlete that most coaches would overlook AND bring that potential out. Bronco ROCKS!

  • 54-10 Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 2, 2012 4:37 p.m.

    Great story.

    I wish the kid good luck. Hopefully he'll have a shot at the next level and he'll make the most of it. It would be great to see how he does.

    Guys with his athleticism usually get a shot.

  • Florwood American Fork, UT
    Oct. 2, 2012 3:59 p.m.

    Thanks for the explanation, RB. I'm confused on full classes=clock ticking, though. Don't some people 'grayshirt' before a mission, where they attend classes but don't participate with the team?

  • RepresentBlue West Jordan, UT
    Oct. 2, 2012 3:09 p.m.


    Ziggy used up a year of eligibility on the track team. Also, your eligibility clock begins ticking when you start taking a full load of courses, not necessarily when you start playing a particular sport.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Oct. 2, 2012 3:08 p.m.

    I thought we would take a major hit losing Eathyn on the D Line but Ziggy has filled the void. Ziggy has different strengths than Eathyn. I'm betting he'll rock Chuckie's world a few times on Friday.

    I'm still hoping Eathyn gets a medical redshirt. We need him back on the D Line next year.

  • Snark Provo, UT
    Oct. 2, 2012 12:32 p.m.

    I love Bronco's strategy to sometimes rotate Ziggy into the middle in short passing situations. He becomes the sultan of swat, knocking down the pass if he doesn't knock down the QB!

  • RockOn Spanish Fork, UT
    Oct. 2, 2012 12:07 p.m.

    Question for Dick Harmon: I'm sure BYU Athletics has this figured out (and you too), but tell me how it works. Ziggy is listed as a Senior. He's only been on the team 3 years. Does he have 1 year more of eligibility or was that used up by track (does that count -- a different sport), or does age have anything (Cosic was getting too old)?

    Of course, even if he had a year, it would be hard to resist not responding to the probably NFL sirens calling to him after this season.

    Every game he gets better.

  • aunt lucy Looneyville, UT
    Oct. 2, 2012 12:02 p.m.

    Football is less a skills sport than most other sports amd more of a strength, aggression, and quickness sport. This type of situation never happens in basketball or baseball where the skills of shooting, dribbling, and hitting a ball take years to master. Cool story about an impressive young man. I hope he stays healthy and has years in the NFL. Oh yea, and helps BYU wins some games starting with this week's game.

  • utahcountyute Cedar Hills, UT
    Oct. 2, 2012 11:11 a.m.

    I have to admit that I had no idea who this kid was but have been impressed with his size and ability.

    Hope he does well and get's a shot.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Oct. 2, 2012 8:20 a.m.

    Pretty cool story. It will be fun to see if he can succeed on the pro level. Tough to do with how little he has played and how new to the game he is but when you are a freak athlete you can usually get an opportunity.