Dick Harmon: Ziggy turns some heads with his showing at NFL combine

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  • U 90 Corona, CA
    Feb. 27, 2013 8:30 p.m.

    Deep Blue,

    Thanks for chapters 1 and 2.

    Like I said, it's a pretty big leap to go from a non-starter on an independent college football team in October to NFL top 10 draft pick 5 month later. Credit Bronco for recognizing raw talent, but then question him for not getting Ziggy on the field more/sooner.

  • rafinsure Elk Grove/U.S.A., 00
    Feb. 27, 2013 3:33 p.m.

    There's a possibility that Ziggy Ansah will be picked before Manti Teo. Teo had a bad performance at the Combine.

  • DeepBlue Anaheim, CA
    Feb. 27, 2013 8:20 a.m.

    Ziggy (continued)

    Senior season (2012)
    For the 2012 season Ansah resumed his role as a situation player. However, during week four noseguard Eathyn Manumaleuna hurt his knee and Ansah took his place. Over the final nine games of the season Ansah was third on the team in tackles, second in sacks (4.5) and first in tackles for loss (13).

    For the 2012 season, Brigham Young led the nation in red zone defense (opponent red zone percentage of .62), was second in rushing defense (84.25 yards/game), third in 3rd down conversion percentage (27.71%) and total defense (allowing 26.33 yards/game), fourth in First Downs defense (14.83/game), and fifth in scoring defense (176 total points). Additionally, the were in the top 25 in passing defense (13th), sacks (22nd), 4th down conversion defense (23rd), and tackles for loss (25th).

    Even though he didn't start until the fifth game of the season, Ziggy was playing more minutes from the beginning of the season. Bronco slowly worked Ziggy into BYU's defense until he was ready to be a starter.

  • DeepBlue Anaheim, CA
    Feb. 27, 2013 8:10 a.m.

    Ziggy Ansah

    Sophomore season (2010)
    Unfamiliar with American football, Ansah had to be instructed in the most basic rules and techniques, even needing help getting on his pads for the first time. Mid-way through he 2010 season Ansah made his first collegiate appearance in the Cougar's game versus Wyoming where he recorded his first tackle. During the 2010 season he saw action in six games on special teams and the defensive line, recording three tackles and a pass breakup.

    Junior season (2011)
    The 2011 season was Ansah’s fourth year in school but only third year of eligibility. He played sporadically on third downs as a defensive end or outside linebacker, recording seven total tackles for the season.

  • OCoug Ogden, UT
    Feb. 26, 2013 11:53 p.m.

    Go Ziggy.

  • kaysvillecougar KAYSVILLE, UT
    Feb. 26, 2013 8:53 p.m.

    I'm excited for Ziggy. It will be fun to see where he ends up being picked. Hope Star is ok and can return to football after all he's given to the Utah program. By the way, I have never seen so many classy comments from Utah fans. Thanks.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    Feb. 26, 2013 8:14 p.m.

    Great story. Go Ziggy. Make us all proud and you rich!

    Go Cougars!

  • THE MTN MAN Taylorsville, UT
    Feb. 26, 2013 7:54 p.m.

    Agree with Phoenix. You don't just send a guy out on the field if he doesn't understand the rules - no matter how great an athlete he is. BYU waited until he was able to contribute to the team, and then they put him out there. And don't forget: Ziggy wasn't perfect, even during his senior year. He made a lot of mistakes and his stats were good but not great. The NFL guys want him for his POTENTIAL - not for his performance at BYU.

  • U 90 Corona, CA
    Feb. 26, 2013 6:25 p.m.

    Confused, Ziggy played in 6 games his sophomore year. Bronco had him for 3 years

  • U 90 Corona, CA
    Feb. 26, 2013 5:56 p.m.

    Confused, Ziggy played in 6 games his sophomore year. Bronco had him for 3 years

  • rlsintx Plano, TX
    Feb. 26, 2013 5:28 p.m.

    He goes at 19.

  • phoenix Gilbert, AZ
    Feb. 26, 2013 5:28 p.m.


    "Considering the lifespan of players, that kind of money needs results 'YESTERDAY' not in 3-4 years..."

    There are many GMs (and team owners who will be writing the checks), who obviously don't share your opinion.

  • phoenix Gilbert, AZ
    Feb. 26, 2013 5:24 p.m.

    U 90

    "Ziggy didn't start until the 5th game of his senior year."

    That's because he wasn't ready to start until the 5th game of his senior year. He had the athletic ability, but he lacked technique and an understanding of the game.

    When he was playing on kickoffs his junior season, he literally just ran a straight line running through whoever got in his way. He didn't even try to run around or shed blocks.

    Lots of raw talent that needed to be channeled properly in order to be an effective player.

    Do you really think Bronco would have kept such a talent on the bench if Bronco had thought Ziggy was ready to play sooner?

  • Confused Sandy, UT
    Feb. 26, 2013 4:32 p.m.

    For you that are bashing Bronco for not using Ziggy sooner...

    Ziggy came to BYU on a Track Scholarship.... There this little thing of not stealing athletes....

    Bronco had two years to basically work with Ziggy (2010-2012)

  • Chase Saint George, UT
    Feb. 26, 2013 3:53 p.m.

    "What this guy will be able to do in three or four years …"

    Considering the lifespan of players, that kind of money needs results 'YESTERDAY' not in 3-4 years...

    Don't get me wrong . . . big fan.

    It's one thing to develop and college player and expect results after 2 years or something. This is the pros... Money. Business. Organization.

    I think he can perform now. But, i'm just a guy on a Mac...

  • U 90 Corona, CA
    Feb. 26, 2013 3:34 p.m.

    Snack PAC,

    Ziggy didn't start until the 5th game of his senior year. That's a pretty big leap to go from non-starter at BYU in October 2012 to NFL top 10 draft pick in February 2013. Credit Bronco for giving Ziggy and chance, but I think it's safe to say Ziggy should have been on the field more/sooner.

  • Bluto Sandy, UT
    Feb. 26, 2013 2:24 p.m.

    @ Ifel Of'a-sofa

    Since Bronco arrived at BYU in 2003, 26 players from BYU, have signed NFL contracts.
    Which coach sat in a kids living room during recruiting, is immaterial.

  • rhappahannock Washington, DC
    Feb. 26, 2013 1:05 p.m.

    This shows how BYU and the church needs to strengthen the connection to Africa. It is currently the fastest growing area of the church, and both Christianity and Islam. Putting a university or academy there is the right move. It would be a huge public relations windfall for the church to build a BYU-Africa. More importantly, it would be a valuable way of serving the saints on that continent while spending only a little bit of money. For the price of helping the UU Law School, we could build an entire university in Ziggy's home country of Ghana.

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    Feb. 26, 2013 12:03 p.m.

    Sofa Sogood - Will root for Ziggy no matter where he goes!

  • mnsave Rigby, ID
    Feb. 26, 2013 11:30 a.m.

    love to see both ute and cougar fans rooting for Ziggy. "54-10" you pleasantly surprised me. My favortite team is the Ravens because of Kruger, Pitta, Ngata and Kemoeatu (spelling???).

  • Snack PAC Olympus Cove, Utah
    Feb. 26, 2013 11:32 a.m.

    Ifel Of'a-sofa

    Looks like you should do a little more research before spouting off.

  • Snack PAC Olympus Cove, Utah
    Feb. 26, 2013 11:28 a.m.

    U 90

    "Wonder if Bronco understood Ziggy's skills/potential before his senior year"

    Bronco probably understood his physical skills/potential, which is why he gave Ziggy the opportunity to be a member of BYU's football team.

    But it takes more than "natural" ability to play football. You can't just turn a guy loose on the football field and expect him to be an effective player in a game that he's never even seen, let alone played. Credit BYU's coaching staff for literally teaching Ziggy everything he needed to learn to be a major college football player, and now, potential first-round NFL draft pick.

  • Stop The Nonsense El Paso, TX
    Feb. 26, 2013 11:20 a.m.

    Good luck, Ziggy! Can't wait to watch you in the NFL! That is too bad about Star. I hope everything works out for him. I may not be a U fan, but I would never wish a heart condition on anyone.

  • casual observer Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 26, 2013 11:16 a.m.

    And he's an actuarial science major. Scholarship, character and athleticism - it's a great combination. I liked his junior year when he was on the kick off team. He was like a bowling ball when someone bowls a strike. Good luck Ziggy, watching you has been a treat.

  • Ifel Of'a-sofa Alpine, Utah
    Feb. 26, 2013 11:06 a.m.

    looks like Bronco will finally have a player that is drafted

  • 54-10 Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 26, 2013 10:49 a.m.

    Would love to see him opposite Clay Mathews on the Pack.

    Good luck Ziggy.

  • U 90 Corona, CA
    Feb. 26, 2013 10:24 a.m.

    Great story... kid comes out of nowhere to take everyone by surprise.

    Wonder if Bronco understood Ziggy's skilss/potential before his senior year

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Feb. 26, 2013 9:46 a.m.

    Seattle is a great place to live Ziggy. I would love to see him in a Seahawks uni!

  • Utes Fan Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 26, 2013 9:24 a.m.

    My favorite NFL team the Steelers could use a good defensive lineman like Ziggy. He would fit perfectly into their system. But they pick at 17, so it might not happen. I would love to see it though! Go Ziggy! And I hope Star works out also!

  • sls Columbia, MO
    Feb. 26, 2013 9:18 a.m.

    Pretty good for a walk-on who never received any stars in high school, because he didn't even play football.

  • Bluto Sandy, UT
    Feb. 26, 2013 8:38 a.m.

    I would love to see Ziggy go in the top ten, but that will mean he's stuck with a very bad team.
    Pittsburgh at 17 would be ideal, we would see him in Super Bowls.
    Odds are he won't last that deep into the draft.

  • BlueCoug Orem, UT
    Feb. 26, 2013 8:25 a.m.

    "Ansah was projected to be picked between No. 15 and 17 in the first round of the 2013 draft, but Jeremiah, citing a coach with an NFL team that could pick in that range, said Ansah would not be available then — and that he'd go earlier after Monday's reviews."

    Sounds like Ziggy may be approach Top 10 draft pick status.

    Good luck on Pro Day Ziggy!