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BYU in the NFL, Week 2: Ziggy Ansah continues to wreak havoc on opposing backfields

Former Cougar Ziggy Ansah continues to prove he is among the top defensive ends in the league and Paul Lasike finds his way onto an NFL practice squad.

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It wasn't an overly eventful week for BYU alumni in the NFL, but Ziggy Ansah turned in an impressive performance for Detroit and another former Cougar signed a practice squad contract.

Ziggy Ansah spent quite a bit of time in the Vikings' backfield, disrupting Minnesota's pass and run game with a sack, three tackles for loss and a quarterback hit. Ansah's five tackles for loss on the season rank him second in the NFL behind J.J Watt and his two sacks place him just outside of the top ten in the league over the first two games.

Ansah also took some time to hang out with the US Women's National Team.

In other good news for a former Cougar, Paul Lasike got his visa issues worked out, allowing him to re-sign with the Bears' practice squad this past week.

Meanwhile Jordan Leslie did a little lobbying for himself from his Twitter account.

Here's how all the BYU alumni in the NFL performed for their respective teams in Week 2:

Dennis Pitta (Ravens): Pitta remains on Baltimore's physically unable to perform (PUP) list while he continues to recover from his second serious hip injury and major surgery to repair the injury. His status on the PUP list makes him ineligible to play until Week 7.

Ziggy Ansah (Lions): Ansah played 53 total snaps and recorded seven tackles, a sack, three tackles for loss, and a QB hit in Detroit's 16-26 loss to Minnesota.

Kyle Van Noy (Lions): Van Noy played 22 total snaps and recorded a single tackle in Detroit's 16-26 loss to Minnesota.

John Denney (Dolphins): Denney played 12 snaps on special teams handling Miami's long snapping in the Dolphins' 20-23 loss to Jacksonville.

Uani 'Unga (Giants): 'Unga played all 72 defensive snaps for the Giants' five tackles, a pass deflection, and a QB hit in New York's 20-24 loss to Atlanta.

Dallas Reynolds (Giants): Reynolds played 10 snaps on special teams in New York's 20-24 loss to Atlanta., but did not record any stats.

Daniel Sorensen (Chiefs): Sorensen played 26 special teams snaps in Kansas City's 24-31 loss to Denver, but did not record any stats.

Alani Fua (Cardinals): Fua played 29 total snaps in Arizona's 48-23 victory over Chicago, but did not record any stats.

Cougars currently on NFL practice squads: De'Ondre Wesley (Ravens), Hebron Fangupo (Chiefs), Rob Daniel (Packers), and Paul Lasike (Bears)