It was obvious by the announcer's comments that Ziggy is a somewhat of a
media darling, which certainly doesn't hurt. He did play well, though and
he "made money" with his performance. What will really make a
difference is how well he does in the combine, and he should stand out in that.
After all the press Ziggy gets during the week about practice (both positive
and negative) and he wins the MVP, he gets mentioned in the 4th paragraph (refer
to inverted pyramid) as an "Oh, by the way he was the games MVP". Serious? Local papers, you'd better give this man some credit. This
is not an "Oh by the way story". Not a good choice, journalistically
speaking to water this BYU story down.
Ziggy tore it up. Nice job!
Great game Ziggy! Congrats on being the Most Outstanding Player!
I agree with 3grandslams... this story is lacking. No mentions of the 3 1/2
tackles for loss (for 24 yards) or pass break-up. No mention that the North
team didn't have a single run of consequence on the side Ziggy was
covering--they avoided him like the plague. How about describing the forced
fumble that he had... you know, the one where he was double teamed but still
broke free to wrap up the quarterback 10 yards behind the line of scrimmage. I
was a little skeptical, wondering if Ziggy could live up to the hype, but he
simply dominated, and against some of the best talent in the country. I believe
he is now a first round lock.
And to think, it took an injury to get Bronco to start Ziggy.
even stranger is that Ziggy was a zero star recruit. I guess they shouldn't
have given him a chance. Bronco is so behind letting guys with zero, one and two
stars on his team. Stick with the 3 star guys, you'll be 5-7 soon enough.
@goodDR.That was a very funny post!
Actually, Ziggy wasn't ready to start until about the time injuries created
an opening for Ziggy to start. Bronco obviously saw the potential, but it takes
more than potential to be able to be an effective player.
Ziggy did better against these all-stars than he did New Mexico State. He's
improving with every game. No ranking on Bronco for not starting him... he
wasn't ready. The coaches worked him in gradually, learning and advancing.
When he finally started, he was ready. That was excellent coaching. With
hindsight we can criticize but not logically.Passes batted down,
running down a fast running back from behind for losses... and asking his
teammates what does AFC and NFC mean. The guy is a movie waiting to be made.
Speed, integrity, grit, height, charisma (wears black thick glass frames, no
lenses to make him look smarter and he's a brilliant math guy and
statistician -- wrap your mind around a couple of Fisher Chi Squares to
understand)humility, and just a great guy with morals that won't give his
pro team PR nightmares. Yep, 1st Round. Best wishes to a great young
I usually don't watch all star games, but as I turned to it yesterday and
saw his dominant performance I got really excited good to see the opportunities
he is taking advantage of! Also! Not to steal Ziggy's thunder, but could
anyone have imagined if him and Star both played?! That would be a fierce duo up
front! I doubt it'd happen but it would be awesome to see those two play
together in the NFL!
Bronco and his coaches don't get enough credit for Ziggy's success.
Someone had to take this physical speciman and make a football player out of
him. Most college football players have been playing for so many years before
they get to college that they thoroughly understand the game. Ziggy had to start
from scratch and in two years became a potential first round draft choice
defensive lineman. He didn't do it all by himself. He will also bring to
the NFL a superior intellect, two good knees and no police record. A team would
be foolish not to take him in the first round. As good as Manti Teo is, Ziggy
would be a better pick.
Now for the big question. Who will be drafted first? Ziggy or Star?
@ApacheNaicheStar is a very good defensive lineman who should be
drafted in the first round. Ziggy will improve his chances with what should be
an unforgettable combine. NBA scouts may never have seen anybody quite like
him--a 270# sprinter who is strong as an ox and who has never had a major
athletic injury. Throw in all of the important intangibles--great intellect,
coachability and civility. Who will be drafted first won't be determined by
who is the better athlete; it will be by what team needs are--one needing a
great defensive tackle will take Star, one needing a great defensive end project
will take Ziggy. Each will get their money's worth..
A little weird cheering for my man in red...
Star will be drafted first, but Ziggy will definitely be a first rounder too.
Both great stories for the state. Ziggy went wild. The tackle on Denard
Robinson was hilarious, you know Denard saw Ziggy and was like "Ought
Oh" that's a big fast man coming at me like a freight train.
Star will be drafted before Ziggy, but that's fine. Star is ready to play
in the NFL. Ziggy will need time to polishing his skills and learn the game.
Ziggy will have a much better chance of long-term success in the NFL, by being
picked by a good team later in the first round. Going to a team that isn't
looking for someone to be a starter right away will give Ziggy time to develop
and become an even better player, instead of being thrown into the fire and
being expected to produce right away.
Star should be a top five pick. Some mock drafts have him going as early as #1.
I don't think he'll be the first pick overall but top five for sure.
Ziggy I hope gets some time to develop like LonestarRunner said. I'm pretty
sure both will be first round picks though. Does anyone know if that has ever
happened before, two players from the state of Utah picked in the first round?
@Me, Myself, and INot only has it happened before both were from the
same school. BYU.Jason Buck and Shawn Knight were both 1st round
picks in the same draft.
Thank you DuckHunter .
Ziggy is exciting, but GO Will Davis! His interception was the chance to help
the North tie! Too bad they missed the TD and had to go for a field goal.
Bobby Wagner of USU was the North MVP last year in the All-Star Classic (and now
dominates w/ the Seahawks), and Aggie running back, Michael Smith, dominated in
his post-senior bowl appearance as well, and was MVP for the North in the
All-Star classic last year. Good to see Utah represented well.
Great game Ziggy! I believe in his Junior year Ziggy was ready to take on more
passing downs,although it may have taken more even more work on running downs.
You don't want injuries to anyone, but just think what may have never come
to be for Ziggy without having his opportunity in his senior year? WOW!