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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
@RockOnZiggy 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.
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?
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.
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!
@FlorwoodWhen 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.
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.
Re: aunt lucyActually 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.