Destiny seemed to point 'Ziggy' Ansah toward BYU — and maybe an NFL career
I hope all this early attention to both Jabari and Ziggy does not prove to be
their downfall. I know they are great personalities but the pressure to succeed
with enormous early attention can sometimes be too much. Injuries, etc.,
anything can be the end of a career. I hope for the best for these two.
Tremendous insight. Very cool to have some insight to the incredible Ziggy
story. Looking forward to the book. Another notch in the success belt for Bronco
It's a good thing Riley Nelson didn't want to play on the D line, or
Ansah would never have seen the field!
Not the most classy opening line of an article Jeff Benedict. uuugh.
I meant second line. hahaha.@JohnInSLC: too funny.
Pretty cool that a player who didn't even know how to put on his shoulder
pads when he joined the BYU football program could be leaving the program as a
probable first round NFL draftee.Congratulations Ziggy!Good luck at the next level.
Fantastic story and one more reason to follow the Cougs through thick and thin.
Good to be Blue.
Even during a disappointing season, a BYU football player provides an
inspirational story worthy of a Sports Illustrated cover.Congrats
Ziggy! Well done.I only wish you had been "discovered" when
you were a Sophomore, but I guess that, starting from scratch, that would have
been an even more incredible story.
Typical of this coaching staff and the brilliant talent evaluating skills of
their dually annointed Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator that he did not
start until the fifth game of the season. How can that fact be explained? You
watch the NFL and Ziggy-type players who cause havoc every Sunday are the most
coveted and feared. Players who are 270, tall, strong and possess closing speed.
Totally agree with trenstre. I was going to say the same thing and then I read
his comment. Sticky is an indication of the coaching staff's inability to
judge talent and/or to,refuse to start someone for other reasons. I wish Ziggy
all the best.
Does Ziggy have a younger brother?
Good story.Good luck to this young man.
JohnInSLC,even as a cougar fan I gotta laugh at that.
Ziggy came out of nowhere. I was shocked by his talent early in the year, and as
it wore on, I started thinking here is an NFL caliber player.
Weird.This is a story about BYU, but there are no Utah trolls on
here... How does that work?Good luck at the next level, Ziggy.
Ole Bronco wasn't even starting a NFL lock huh ? Belichek needs to invite
Lark to camp.
Trenster and informed voter, you may want to get informed on how football works,
it is a lot more sophisticated than you apparently think. A kid with physical
talent but no clue what the plays and situations are is danger to himself and
the team; if he goes to the wrong gap or plays the wrong technique, bad things
happen. Give the staff the benefit of the doubt, they gave the guy time to
learn football and the system before they threw him in full time, and it seems
to have worked out.
Quote from Coach Mendenhall from the article: "This is a guy I never took
seriously." Really? A 6-6, 270 lb muscular specimen walks into your office
in Provo, UT, perhaps the greatest athlete ever to set foot on campus, and you
don't take him seriously? I'm sorry, I don't care how much
football this young man had played (zero) before joining the team. He should
have been playing against Idaho State and every other no-name team we played the
last couple of years to give him experience. How much harm could he do?
That's what I've been thinking these past couple of years every time
someone mentions this guy. And we get to see his "potential" halfway
through this waste of a season.Another thought. Last time I
checked, we have yet to see a Mendenhall-recruited BYU football player drafted
in the NFL. Ziggy wasn't recruited by Bronco; he practically ignored
Ziggy. It would seem Bronco doesn't know talent when it falls in his lap.
Amazing. I'd love to see Lark go ballistic on SDSU and land a free agent
Mr. Rural, I am sorry that I may not be as sophisticated football-wise as you.
Is not football about tackling, blocking and in short, knocking the crap out of
quarterbacks, which Ziggy does to the extent that scouts are drooling over his
skill level to the point that he is a projected 1st round pick? All this being
accomplished while being in the program for around 3 years, which should have
been sufficient time for the braintrust to realize his amazing skills. NW
brings up a great point that no Bronco recruit has been drafted, so much for
Jeff Benedict is my hero
Ken Frei, the entire Frei family are the real deal - I know them. As a football
fan I can appreciate this story. I don't consider football
"America's most violent team sport" I'd say hockey/rugby;
unless Jeff is refering to American made... Anyway the great story here is the
insight of how great things happen when great people go out of their way to help
total strangers. Great people offer this help based on love of God and love of
their fellow men without worrying about what they will get for helping. We can
all do better in this area.
I'm at a loss with some of the comments from BYU fans about Bronco. Try
saying this out loud: "Bronco took someone who didn't even know
how to play football 3 years ago, didn't even know how to put pads on, and
turned him into a potential first round draft pick in the NFL". It's
actually very impressive what Bronco and the BYU coaching staff did for Ziggy.
@johanbjornYou're here, that pretty much dispels the myth you
are trying to propogate.
I agree with Oregonian, Bronco has obviously turned this guy into an NFL
commodity. The guy didn't even know what football was 3 years ago. Some of
these comments are ridiculous.Oh and trentster, Ziggy's
"skills" aren't what have NFL scouts taking notice, it is his
potential and athleticism, he still is very raw in the "skills"
department but is improving. You know up at utah they have a physical freak that
came over from the rugby team. utah "fans" have been telling us he is a
stud waiting to happen for the last 2 years. Last year he was a rb, this year he
was on the dline. Neither year has he played, except a little bit of special
teams. This guy is American and is not new to football. Why hasn't that
legendary NFL player maker whittingham been able to make that guy into a
player?Any way you look at the Ziggy story he is undoubtedly a
Mendenhall succes story. Go ahead and criticize Bronco for things he deserves to
be criticized for, like the Nelson fiasco, but give him credit here, he deserves
So Rural, how do you explain Bronco starting Riley for the past 1 1/2 years when
he played as though he had no clue of plays and siturations, definitely was a
danger to himself and was a detriment to his team?
I'm not sure why we're mentioning Jabari in the same breath as Ziggy
in this article when it's Ziggy's profile. Don't get me wrong.
I love Jabari dearly. But this is Ziggy's moment. If it was Jabari's
profile and Ziggy was mentioned I would comment the same way.
Bronco is headed for Colorado
Ziggy's story is wonderful! I wish him all the best, and am glad my Utes
don't have to face him again....