"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!
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.
Pretty good for a walk-on who never received any stars in high school, because
he didn't even play football.
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!
Seattle is a great place to live Ziggy. I would love to see him in a Seahawks
Great story... kid comes out of nowhere to take everyone by surprise. Wonder if Bronco understood Ziggy's skilss/potential before his senior
Would love to see him opposite Clay Mathews on the Pack.Good luck
looks like Bronco will finally have a player that is drafted
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.
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.
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.
Ifel Of'a-sofaLooks like you should do a little more research
before spouting off.
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???).
Sofa Sogood - Will root for Ziggy no matter where he goes!
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
@ Ifel Of'a-sofaSince 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.
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
"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...
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
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
Chase"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.
He goes at 19.
Confused, Ziggy played in 6 games his sophomore year. Bronco had him for 3
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.
Great story. Go Ziggy. Make us all proud and you rich!Go Cougars!
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.
Ziggy AnsahSophomore 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.
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.
There's a possibility that Ziggy Ansah will be picked before Manti Teo. Teo
had a bad performance at the Combine.
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