Despite inexperience, NFL draft experts say BYU's Ziggy Ansah has huge upside

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  • 2BCSWINS West of I15, UT
    April 24, 2013 8:53 a.m.

    @serenity now..."If I had to choose between having a gifted finder or gifted trainer/teacher as a coach, I'd clearly take the latter since most success in football and life is built on hard work/effort rather than "talent."

    Sorry but that coach is at the U the cougies are stuck with their 2nd choice Bronco.

    The best laugh I have had in a long time was reading cougie fans in this thread praising Bronco for developing ziggy. Let's see Bronco has yet to put a recruit in the NFL. Whats more likely ziggy did this on his own or Bronco developed him? Who's better at developing players for the NFL Kyle or Bronco? Pretty easy answer there I don't have enough room left to list all the players Kyle has moved on to the next level. As for Bronco well ziggy is the only name to put on his list. So the answer is pretty obvious! It's cute though cougie fans trying to build Bronco up for finally getting a player to the next level.

  • red rocks Saint George, UT
    April 23, 2013 10:05 p.m.

    Howard have you ever played football before? There is not much worse than ignorance in action or ignorance through words.

  • Whoa Nellie American Fork, UT
    April 23, 2013 3:42 p.m.

    Quite the marvel. I hope he has all the success he deserves.

    There is no embarrassment for BYU football that Mr. Ansah was discovered by a track coach. The true embarrassment lies with the Utah program that has fans like howie.

  • Pavalova Surfers Paradise, AU
    April 23, 2013 1:19 p.m.

    How exactly do you recruit someone that has never played football before? I'm sure it happens all the time in SLC, perhaps they could fill the rest of us in.

  • Wiscougarfan River Falls, WI
    April 23, 2013 11:49 a.m.

    Also, I just saw that Sporting News release a ranking of NCAA football coaches today. I was pleased to see that both Mendenhall and Wittingham were listed among the 40 best coaches in the country.

  • Wiscougarfan River Falls, WI
    April 23, 2013 11:44 a.m.

    RE: Howard and other trolls

    If Bronco doesn't get credit for Ziggy, does that mean he does get credit for Star and Jake Murphy (who will also be a pro shortly)? After all, they both committed to and signed with BYU before they went to the Utes.

    Now before you get all up and arms let me answer that question... No. Mendenhall developed Ziggy and did a masterful job at it (and KVN also deserves some of the credit). The Utah coach developed Star and Murphy and deserves the credit there.

  • Oregonian Sherwood, OR
    April 23, 2013 10:24 a.m.

    Unbelievable, Howard. In two years Bronco took someone who had never seen the game before, didn't even know how to put on pads, had no idea how to stand, no idea of defensive schemes, and turned him into a potential top 5 pick. If that is an embarrasment, what then, does that say about Whittingham? After all, he took someone with tremendous physical ability AND 10 more years of football experience (Star) but could end up being drafted behind Ziggy? By your logic, Whittingham is even more incompetent. Are we to believe college football coaches should troll economics and biology classes around campus looking for potential first round draft picks? Let's just enjoy this draft and the accomplishments of Ziggy and what Bronco has done for him. And the same for Star and Whittingham.

  • Mildred in Fillmore Salt Lake City, UT
    April 23, 2013 9:44 a.m.

    Ziggy is going to excel in the NFL.

    He should be the first pick.

  • thebigsamoan Richmond, VA
    April 23, 2013 9:22 a.m.


    How Ziggy got started or how he got discovered does not matter at this point. What matters is what Bronco and his staff did to help mold and made him to what he is now. My hat's off to the young man and wish him nothing but the best in his future NFL career. I just hope he'll be as good at managing his new found fame and fortune as he apparently did his statistics major from what I heard. Brain, brawn, and power, coupled with humility are truly exceptional qualities that are rarely found in any one human being. It appears Ansah's got all those gifts. Go Ziggy!!!

  • Serenity Now Highland, UT
    April 23, 2013 8:43 a.m.

    Here's a news flash for Howard and others who are always quick to point out that Bronco didn't "recruit" Ansah to BYU. Football coaches aren't clairvoyant, and don't have the duty or ability to canvass every student on campus in search of football talent, particularly in a case like Ansah's where he came to BYU for an education and knew nothing of the sport of football.

    But what Bronco and his staff have done to develop Ansah thus far is remarkable, from a skinny fast kid afraid of contact to a ferocious pass rusher, first-round pick. If I had to choose between having a gifted finder or gifted trainer/teacher as a coach, I'd clearly take the latter since most success in football and life is built on hard work/effort rather than "talent."

  • BlueHusky Mission Viejo, CA
    April 23, 2013 7:17 a.m.

    Again, more criticism of Bronco. Football is the most complicated game on earth. Ziggy did not have a clue. Credit goes to Bronco and his coaches to have been able to teach Ziggy so much in so little time. Most NFL players started when they were kids. Ziggy is nothing short of a phenomenon.

    I pity da foos who pass on Ziggy. He'll be sacking their QBs and stuffing their runs for years to come.

  • poyman Lincoln City, OR
    April 23, 2013 1:02 a.m.

    All's well that ends well Howard... As raw as he is... He has still developed enough in his 3 years in the program that he is an equivalent of a Lottery Pick... What will really be embarrassing is the real possibility that he gets selected before Star.... I wish Star the best, but I think Ziggy will go first.

  • Howard S. Taylorsville, UT
    April 22, 2013 8:17 p.m.

    Bronco will get credit and Cougar Nation will rejoice when Ziggy is drafted.

    The embarrassment for BYU football is that an NFL talent was walking around BYU's campus and escaped Bronco's attention until he was delivered to the football office by a track coach.

    And if that weren't bad enough, Bronco let Ziggy ride the bench for almost 2 and a half years until injury forced him into the starting lineup.