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Ziggy Ansah is one of the most impressive physical specimens to ever come out of BYU.

Ansah got a pick-six on his first play as a rookie.
Ansah got a pick-six on his first play as a rookie.
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Ziggy Ansah came to BYU from Accra, Ghana. He wanted to play sports but neither basketball nor track panned out for the 6'6" 270 athlete. Football looked like a dubious sport for him at first as well, since he had never played and didn't know how to put on pads. Never mind all that, he walked onto the football team and played in six games as a sophomore, with his first tackle coming against the University of Wyoming.

Ansah's role expanded from sophomore season to junior season, in which he played in twelve games, and increased his tackles from three to seven. As a senior he played in all 13 games and started in nine of them after Eathyn Manumaleuna was injured. Ansah's understanding of, and ability to play, the game dramatically improved and he had pundits around the nation oohing and ahhing over his highlights. Ansah's senior year was impressive to say the least. He had played for just over two years and recorded 62 tackles (13 for a loss and 4.5 sacks), an interception, forced fumble, six quarterback hurries, and nine pass breakups. Ansah was the fifth pick in the first round of the 2013 NFL draft.