BYU football: Ezekiel Ansah shines in Senior Bowl practice sessions

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  • Wiscougarfan River Falls, WI
    Jan. 26, 2013 9:11 p.m.

    Re: Motorbike

    I think that after today's game it is safe to say that 1. Ansah is getting plenty of love from the National media, not just BYU homers, and 2. Ansah is almost assuredly a first round draft pick.

    I too had my reservations regarding Ziggy and how he'd stack up to elite competition. Many of my questions were answered this afternoon as he was the MVP for the South team in the Senior Bowl, recording 7 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 3.5 tackles for loss, a forced fumble, and a pass break-up against some of the best players in the country. The future looks bright for Mr. Ansah. Go Cougs!

  • BlueHusky Mission Viejo, CA
    Jan. 24, 2013 10:24 a.m.

    I think Ziggy is going to be good. He played on a really good college defense and was a star. Fact is, you can't coach speed and smarts. Ziggy has both. He may not go in the 1st round, but I expect him to be playing pro football somewhere.

    What a great story.

  • Tilka PORTLAND, OR
    Jan. 23, 2013 10:58 a.m.

    lets hope he doesn't get injured there. I hope the advice and mentoring that Bronco said he would get included Lloyds of London insurance.

  • royalblue Alpine, UT
    Jan. 23, 2013 10:52 a.m.

    Ziggy has only played American football for three years, so of course he's far from a polished product. So it's not surprising that Ziggy would be getting mixed reviews. Not every NFL team is willing to take a chance on potential, but for one lucky NFL team who's willing to take that chance, they could very well get a franchise player for a mid first round price.

    Jan. 23, 2013 9:22 a.m.

    "one was from an NFL scout saying he'd be awfully nervous taking Ziggy with a first round pick."

    Motor, I see what you're saying. As a BYU / Houston Texans fan, I'd be nervous if my team jumped at a prospect who had played really just two seasons of college football no matter what kind of athlete he appeared to be. So, much like the story about not knowing how to put on his pads, I'm sure there will be moments at the combine. But, I do think speed for someone of that size is rare so he's going to get his chance.

  • JMT Springville, UT
    Jan. 23, 2013 6:18 a.m.

    Motorbike, there is a story in the Tennessean by the local sports reporter, so not a story carried over the wire, about Ziggy. That sports reporter had nothing but good to say about Ziggy, also noting the "sushi" comment about Ziggy's skills being raw. The reason he covered Ziggy, the Tennessee Titans need a pass rush and have a draft spot in the range that would be a match for Ziggy. This article put Ziggy on the radar for someone the Titans should strongly consider drafting.

    Of course that is a reporter. In general I sense the pro-Ziggy stories are accurate. We'll see.

  • motorbike Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 22, 2013 9:58 p.m.

    Okay, I'm honestly not trying to be the Ute fan that comes on the BYU thread to blow it up and dispute everything said in the article and the comments. However, I'm honestly confused ... on my way home from work today the guys on the radio were discussing reports that Ziggy has been getting embarrassed all week in Senior Bowl practices and quoted some national sources (sorry, I didn't catch the names or news outlets). All I know is the quotes were not good ... one was from an NFL scout saying he'd be awfully nervous taking Ziggy with a first round pick. Now that's not all bad depending on how one looks at it ... perhaps the same person would feel great picking him in the second round which would quite frankly still be fantastic for Ziggy.
    Anyway, just curious what others may know and whether the DNews is painting a prettier picture than what the truth actually is. Regardless, good luck to Ziggy.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Jan. 22, 2013 7:42 p.m.


    This is not a story that is likely to occur anywhere else.


    What? His story has more do with the "American Dream" (the opportunity for prosperity and success) then anything else. He is just one of many...

    For example, Shahid Khan who is a Pakistani-born American billionaire businessman. He is the owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL)... He moved to the United States in 1968 at age 16[1] to study at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. When he came to the United States his first job was washing dishes for $1.20 an hour.

    Ziggy and Khan are just examples of the American Dream. I have no doubt their will be others like him that come from all around the world for the chance at the American Dream.

  • oldcougar Orem, UT
    Jan. 22, 2013 5:18 p.m.

    I can't wait to see him play in the NFL!
    Go Cougs!
    Go Aggies!
    Go Utes!

    In that order.

  • Wookie Omaha, NE
    Jan. 22, 2013 2:51 p.m.

    Ziggy is just a feel good story that you hope ends well with him having success both on and off the field. Good luck!

    Go UTES!!

  • So. Cal Reader San Diego, CA
    Jan. 22, 2013 2:38 p.m.

    Go get 'em, Ziggy! As I read in this paper about the "national pub" around Ziggy mid-way through the season, I wasn't buying into drinking the Ziggy "cool aid", because the DN has over-hyped so many Cougs players over the years, players that are not drafted, sign-on as non-drafted free agents and then toil away on practice squads. I agree with the other comments. It will be great to watch Ziggy progress in the NFL. Dude's a beast!

  • phantomblade Salt Lake City, Utah
    Jan. 22, 2013 12:09 p.m.

    Good luck in the NFL Ziggy! Thanks for being a great ambassador for BYU!

  • Anne26 West Jordan, UT
    Jan. 22, 2013 12:01 p.m.

    Awesome!! What a great young man and a great story. It will be fun to watch him going forward.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Jan. 22, 2013 11:50 a.m.

    Ziggy's story was a fun side story to this last season and it looks like it very well may continue. I hope he finds great success in the Sr. Bowl and in the NFL. One thing it does is show that BYU's international reach and profile benefits the football team as well as the Univeristy. This is not a story that is likely to occur anywhere else.

    As the church continues to grow around the world, and as BYU continues to gain notice by being one of the most important institutions of the church, I have no doubt that there will be others like Ziggy, obviously not exactly the same but similar stories, of kids that come from all over the world to BYU because of the church and then excell in all sorts of different fields including athletics but also all kids of academic endeavors. It really is exciting and fun to be a follower and supporter of such great things at such a great institution.