Senior Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah received College Football Performance Awards National Defensive Lineman of the Week honorable mention accolades and junior Kaneakua Friel earned CFPA National Tight End of the Week honorable mention for their play in BYU’s 6-3 win over Utah State.
A native of Ghana, Ansah had a career night against Utah State with career highs in tackles for loss (3) and sacks (2), in addition to five total tackles and two quarterback hurries. The 6-foot-6, 270-pounder’s rushing ability helped hold the Aggies without a touchdown. The former 200-meter track star helped stuff the run, limiting Utah State to 41 yards on the ground and helping boost the Cougars to the No. 1 rushing defense rating.
Friel, from Kaneohe, Hawaii, had five catches for 53 yards with a long of 16. Friel was quarterback Taysom Hill’s second favorite target behind Cody Hoffman.
College Football Performance Awards are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific criteria examining how individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams.