BYU in NFL, Week 4: Reid's Chiefs the big story, So'oto back in action

It was a quieter week for Brigham Young Cougars alumni in the NFL this weekend. The contributions by former BYU players didn't dominate the stat sheet as in weeks past, but they were valuable nonetheless.  Ezekiel Ansah, Detroit Lions (3-1)W 40-32 vs. Chicago BearsStats: 1 tackle, 1 pass defensedTotals: 12 tackles (5 solo), 2.5 sacks, 1  forced fumble, 1 pass defensedComing...
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October 02, 2013  |  Discuss

BYU in NFL, Week 1: Ansah and Keisel lead this defensive bunch

The Brigham Young Cougars have six alumni playing in the NFL this season. They got off to a solid start in week one of the new season. They did most of their damage on defense. Pretty ironic for a school that build its reputation on high flying offenses.  Ezekiel Ansah, Detroit Lions (1-0)W 34-24 vs. Minnesota Vikings Stats: 3 tackles (1 solo), 0.5 sacksAnsah's first...
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September 11, 2013  |  Discuss

An Interview With Ted Sundquist

For a lot of former players, after your playing career is done your career takes a new step. For some, they become television or radio analyst. For others, they find their way behind the scenes of an NFL or NCAA team. They become scouts, recruiters, presidents of schools. For a chosen few, they become General Managers. One of those players is Ted Sundquist. Sundquist graduated in...
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June 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Former BYU LB shares his experiences with Kyle Van Noy, Ezekiel Ansah, and talks about his one-of-a-kind business

BLUE COUGAR FOOTBALL is continually reaching out to former Brigham Young Cougars football players to learn where the road of life has taken them since they left BYU, as well as get their thoughts and opinions about some of the current affairs in Cougar football. Jadon Wagner is the latest.Wagner was a linebacker for BYU from 2007-11. He was teammates with Kyle Van Noy and Ezekiel...
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June 24, 2013  |  Discuss

BYU Football Top 10 One Hit Wonders: #7 - Ezekiel "Ziggy" Ansah

As stated from the outset, the focus of this top 10 was inspired by one player on last year's Brigham Young Cougars' football team: Ezekiel Ansah. His story about going from not knowing anything about football before 2010 to meteorically rising to the top of the NFL draft has been told and retold countless times already this year. Nevertheless, his play on the field in 2012...
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June 20, 2013  |  Discuss

BYU Football: Top 10 One Hit Wonders

It is that time of year again ... time for another BLUE COUGAR FOOTBALL Top 10 list. These are the most in depth, well researched Top 10 lists you will find about Brigham Young Cougars football. This year, Ezekiel Ansah is the inspiration for the theme: One Hit Wonders. A one hit wonder is someone who only had an impact one year during his career. He may have played more than one...
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June 17, 2013  |  Discuss

MYTH BUSTER: Kyle Van Noy is too small to be a 1st round NFL draft pick

The Brigham Young Cougars could have back-to-back years of first round NFL draft picks. Ezekiel Ansah was selected by the Detroit Lions with the fifth overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. Linebacker Kyle Van Noy has a shot at being a first round pick in 2014.Everybody in Cougarland knows that Van Noy is a much more developed player than Ansah, and if they had to pick only one they...
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May 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Lions select BYU defensive end Ezekiel Ansah with the fifth overall pick in the NFL Draft

With Kyle Vanden Bosch and Cliff Avril both gone this past offseason, the Lions chose to address the defensive end position by selection Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah out of BYU with the fifth overall pick in the NFL Draft. This past season with the Cougars, Ansah had 62 total tackles, 13 going for a loss with 4.5 sacks and just three total years of football experience. Yes you heard...
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April 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Fashion a part of NFL Draft, too

''It's called a three-piece, right?'' Yes, Luke Joeckel, and by the way, nice blue checks with that vested suit at the NFL draft. The Texas A&M offensive tackle led top prospects with a little bitty accessory that screamed loudly from Radio City Music Hall: the pocket square. Joeckel's was a neat horizontal in a matching check worn with a striped tie...
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April 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Detroit Lions select Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU, 5th overall

With the fifth pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions selected defensive end Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah out of Brigham Young.  Let’s take a moment to get to know the newest Lion and see how he fits on the roster. Bio A native of Accra, Ghana, Ansah tried out for the BYU basketball team in [...]The post Detroit Lions select Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU, 5th overall by Russ Thomas...
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April 25, 2013  |  Discuss

The Browns and the First Round: Ezekiel Ansah

We are less than a week from the NFL Draft, also known as the most important day of the year for your Cleveland Browns. With (another) new regime taking over the reigns and new schemes in place on both sides of the ball, it is crucial that Joe Banner, Mike Lombardi, Ray Farmer, Rob Chudzinski and the crew nail these three days. It all starts Thursday night with the primetime First...
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April 24, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 NFL Draft – Scouting The Prospects: Ezekiel Ansah

As we inch closer to this year’s NFL Draft later this month, our draft team here at Turn On The Jets will be running a series of individual prospect evaluations. These scouting reports are intended to provide an in-depth breakdown of individual prospects in this year’s draft class highlighting players’ overall strengths, weaknesses, potential upside, red flags, and what their...
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April 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Draft Profile: Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU

Will Ezekiel Ansah dominate the NFL in 2013? (Brian Spurlock/USA Today) I can’t believe I’m about to do this, but I have to. I am going to reference "Date Movie," one of the worst movies in a painfully long series of horrific spoof movies. "Scary Movie" was funny. Why could they not just stop there!? Anyways, if you remember, the fat chick’s dad was Black...
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April 09, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 NFL Draft: Evaluating High Risk, High Reward Prospects

  One key to consistently putting together strong draft classes is balancing risk and reward. Teams that do that well will avoid taking unnecessary risks while still finding high ceiling players with the potential to develop into elite talents. Because of that, there are no more controversial players in this draft than this group of high risk, high reward players. If...
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April 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Fred Warner: BYU’s Defense to Gain Lightning Linebacker

The Brigham Young Cougars defense was ranked no. 3 in the nation for the 2012 campaign. A defense led by Ezekiel Ansah and Kyle Van Noy not only shut down opposing teams’ run game with ferocity but also was a driving factor in BYU’s offense in many instances. A new linebacking recruit hopes to add his name to the growing legacy of Cougar defenders.New recruit Fred Warner is a...
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April 04, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 NFL Draft: DE Ezekiel Ansah Scouting Report

Every NFL team is spanning college campuses across the country to find the “next hidden gem” to select in the upcoming 2013 Draft.The search has gotten even more intense, especially after the New York Giants found one in Jason Pierre-Paul, who wasn’t highly regarded on many draft boards back in 2010.This year, Brigham Young University defensive end Ezekiel Ansah has become...
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March 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Business as usual for BYU defense with Howell as defensive coordinator

Just before the Brigham Young Cougars opened spring practices, head coach Bronco Mendenhall announced some new staff assignments. The most surprising assignment was Mendenhall relinquishing the defensive coordinator title to Nick Howell. That news immediately brought two thoughts to mind: 1) Great opportunity for Howell, and 2) Will the BYU defense take a step back?Wanting to know...
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March 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Ziggy Watch: March 1-8; Detroit, Cleveland, and New York possible destinations

The attention that Brigham Young Cougars defensive end Ezekiel Ansah is receiving has grown rapidly since the NFL Draft Combine ended. No BYU football player has received this kind of attention as the NFL Draft approached in well over a decade. During the season, head coach Bronco Mendenhall said that more NFL team scouts and executives were on campus inquiring about Ansah than he...
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March 08, 2013  |  Discuss

BYU player interviewed by 16 different NFL teams

Brigham Young Cougars Ezekiel Ansah and Braden Brown were the only BYU players invited to last week's NFL Draft Combine, but they aren't the only Cougars getting a lot of attention from the NFL. BLUE COUGAR FOOTBALL recently spoke with Braden Hansen and learned that he is receiving interest from half of the teams in the National Football League. Earlier this month, the former...
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February 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Comprehensive NFL Combine recap for BYU's Ezekiel Ansah

Brigham Young Cougars defensive lineman Ezekiel Ansah was put under the microscope and sent through a gauntlet of rigorous testing at the NFL's annual Draft Combine in Indianapolis this past week. The native of Ghana, Africa took a "don't think, just have fun" attitude as if he was chilling on the African Savannah. Ansah tested well and receiving glowing reviews...
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February 27, 2013  |  Discuss

BYU's Braden Brown runs the 40 faster than the projected no. 1 overall pick

While everyone is closely watching Brigham Young Cougars defensive lineman Ezekiel Ansah at the NFL Draft Combine, there is another BYU player in Indianapolis who is standing out, especially when compared head-to-head with Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel. Many experts project Joeckel to be the first player taken in the NFL Draft at the end of April. Joeckel has been evaluated...
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February 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Despite decommitments, BYU's 2013 recruiting class has plenty to be excited about

The Brigham Young Cougars had a wild finish to recruiting for 2013. Negative stories about players changing their commitment from BYU to another school gave the impression that this recruiting class would be a disaster for the Cougars. Despite the multiple defections, the class of 2013 has plenty of quality players to be excited about.Lost in the frantic finish was all the good work...
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February 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Ezekiel Ansah named Most Outstanding Player for South team in Senior Bowl

On Saturday, NFL scouts, offensive tackle Ricky Wagner, and the rest of the nation learned what Brigham Young Cougars fans have known for awhile: Ezekiel Ansah is a monstah. From the South's first defensive series of the game, Ansah made an impact. He continued to play well all game long and earned the Most Outstanding Player honors for the South team.Ansah was listed at 6-foot...
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January 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Ezekiel Ansah expected to be drafted in the mid-first round

Ever since he became a starter in game five of the 2012 season, Brigham Young Cougars defensive lineman Ezekiel Ansah has been climbing up the NFL draft boards. By the end of the season, Ansah had almost assured himself a spot in the first round. With the evaluation process now in full force, the question has become just how high Ansah can rise in the NFL Draft.As noted Wednesday...
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January 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Utah has a new star: BYU's Ezekiel Ansah may go No. 1 overall in NFL Draft

Shortly after the 2012 NFL Draft concluded, University of Utah defensive lineman Star Lotulelei was projected as the first overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. Fast forward nine months, and there is now talk that another player from the Beehive State might be the first player taken in the NFL Draft April 25. That player is Brigham Young Cougars defensive lineman Ezekiel Ansah.On January...
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January 23, 2013  |  Discuss
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