Ezekiel Ansah Athlete Profile

#47 Ezekiel Ansah

Position: Linebacker Height: 6-6 Weight: 270 Roster Years: 2010-2012 Hometown: Accra, Ghana Last School: Presbyterian Boys School



National Honors

  • Named a 2012 Pro Football Weekly All-America honorable mention


Conference Honors

  • Named to the 2012 Phil Steele All-Independent First Team
  • Named to the 2012 FBS All-Independent First Team

Career Summary

Ezekiel "Ziggy" Ansah came to BYU from Ghana and joined the football team as a sophomore. As a three-time letterman he played in 31 games with nine starts.  He recorded 72 total tackles, 4.5 sacks, 10 pass breakups and seven quarterback hurries during his career. He notched a career-high eight tackles twice as a senior and helped BYU to a No. 3 national ranking in total defense the same season. Ansah was named to two all-independent teams and received an All-American honorable mention. See the season summary tabs below and the recognition and stats tabs for more details. 

Professional

  • Selected as the Detriot Lion's first round no. 5 overall pick in 2013

Personal

  • Born in Accra, Ghana
  • Parents are Edward and Elizabeth
  • Favorite food is fufu and peanut butter soup
  • Excels at FIFA soccer
  • Speaks Twi and Fante, two local Ghanaian dialects 
  • Favorite athlete is LeBron James
  • Majoring in actuarial science with a minor in math
  • Enrolled at BYU in 2008 and participated on the track team in 2009 before joining the football team in 2010

Before BYU

  • Prepped at Presbyterian Boys' Secondary School


2010 | Sophomore Year

  • Earned letterman honors
  • Saw action in six games on special teams and the defensive line
  • Had three tackles and a pass breakup
  • Recorded his first tackle vs. Wyoming, then had a tackle against New Mexico and Utah
  • Pass breakup came vs. UNLV

2011 | Junior Year

  • Earned letterman honors
  • Played in 12 games on special teams, defensive line and outside linebacker
  • Totaled seven tackles, including three solo, on the season
  • Also had a quarterback hurry
  • Season-best two tackles vs. Idaho

2012 | Senior Year

  • Earned letterman honors
  • Played in all 13 games and started nine at defensive end
  • Named a Pro Football Weekly All-America honorable mention, Phil Steele and FBS All-Independent First Team
  • Totaled 62 tackles including 13 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks
  • Also had one interception, forced one fumble, had six quarterback hurries and nine pass breakups
  • Burst onto the scene vs. Boise State, snuffing out a fake punt and had eight tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, one sack and one pass breakup
  • Had three tackles for loss vs. Utah State including two sacks
  • Recorded a sack vs. Georgia Tech to go along with eight tackles
  • Finished the bowl game with first career interception and five tackles