Men's Football Blog

The Next Zig Thing: Ziggy Ansah in the national spotlight

Dec 03, 2012 - Posted by Brett Pyne at 12:51 pm | Updated: December 7, 2012 3:00 pm | Permalink

If you have already had the chance to pick up this week's Sports Illustrated you know that BYU senior defensive end Ezekiel Ansah is featured in a four-page article in the issue currently on newsstands. If you haven't had the chance, pick it up. Ansah is also mentioned on the cover, which features the Indianapolis Colts' quarterback Andrew Luck.

A brief preview of the Sports Illustrated article entitled "The Next Zig Thing" is included below. 

THE NEXT ZIG THING – JEFF BENEDICT (@authorjeff)

He grew up playing soccer in his home country of Ghana and successfully walked on to the BYU track team, but Ezekiel (Ziggy) Ansah’s future in professional sports could lie in being a first-round pick in the next NFL draft. He was recruited to BYU by a sophomore serving his Mormon mission in Ghana in 2007, who played pickup basketball with Ansah and thought the Ghanaian’s 6' 6" 250-pound frame would lend itself to football. Ansah walked on to the Cougars’ team in 2010, and over the final nine games of the 2012 season, was third on his team in tackles (48), second in sacks (4.5) and first in tackles for loss (13).

While he’s not a star in the sport he grew up dreaming about – basketball – Ansah is drawing serious interests from NFL scouts, who are flocking to BYU to check him out. Says one scout: “The combination of his height, weight and speed is probably unmatched. Plus, he’s so strong. He’s got that Jason Pierre-Paul type of physical upside.”

NPR's ONLY A GAME (@DougTribou, @OnlyAGameRadio)

Ansah and the author of the article, Jeff Benedict, also spoke with Doug Tribou on NPR's "Only a Game" as the national radio program originating from Boston's 90.9 WBUR featured Ansah this weekend. 

“I think he has become the kind of football player that NFL teams long to find,” said Jeff Benedict, who wrote profiled Ansah for Sports Illustrated. “He’s got this very unique combination of speed, size and strength. It’s very rare that you find a guy who’s that tall and that big and can run as fast as he does, especially laterally.”

Select the following link to read more about and listen to the NPR interview: NPR's Only a Game

In addition, here are some video highlights of Ansah.

Van Noy, Stephenson honored by CFPA

Nov 19, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 4:50 pm | Permalink

College Football Performance Awards honored two Cougars for their play against San Jose State. Junior linebacker Kyle Van Noy was named honorable mention for National Linebacker of the Week while senior punter Riley Stephenson earned honorable mention for National Punter of the Week.

Van Noy was stout on defense against the Spartans with three tackles for loss, one sack, one forced fumble and seven total tackles. The Reno, Nev. native leads BYU in tackles for loss (15.5), sacks (8.5), quarterback hurries (8) and forced fumbles (5).

Stephenson, who is from St. George, Utah, punted five times for a 50-yard average against the Spartans. Sitting at No. 2 nationally in punting, Stephenson hit kicks of 50, 57 and 60 yards, while his shortest punt of the night (a 39-yarder) pinned the Spartans on their 11-yard line—one of two punts downed inside the SJSU 20. Stephenson is a semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award recognizing the nation's top punter. Stephenson was also named the FBS Independent Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance against the Spartans.

About College Football Performance Awards (CFPA):
The goal of College Football Performance Awards is to provide the most scientifically rigorous conferments in college football. Recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams. For more information visit collegefootballperformance.com

 

 

Honoring Veterans and some player honors

Nov 12, 2012 - Posted by Brett Pyne at 11:43 am | Updated: November 12, 2012 11:55 am | Permalink

With Veterans Day taking place this year on Sunday, Nov. 11, the annual holiday honoring the many military personnel who have served and are serving this country is observed today. Prior to BYU's 52-13 victory over Idaho on Saturday, a 100-yard-long flag was carried onto the field, covering it entirely, by members of the Army and Air Force ROTC for the singing of the National Anthem. Check out the photos below and many thanks to all who have and are serving in the Armed Forces!

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Several BYU players were honored Monday for their play against Idaho on Saturday. Junior wide receiver Cody Hoffman and junior kicker Justin Sorensen joined Notre Dame junior linebacker Prince Shembo in receiving Football Bowl Subdivision Independent Player of the Week accolades

Hoffman was also named the Independent Offensive Player of the Week by College Sports Madness and honorable mention for National Wide Receiver of the Week by College Football Performance Awards

Hoffman caught nine passes for 108 yards and three touchdowns against Idaho in BYU's 52-13 win.  Hoffman’s performance marked his 11th 100-yard receiving game, tied for third all-time at BYU, while giving him 23 career touchdown receptions, which is tied for fourth on BYU’s career ledger. In addition, he extended to 29 his streak of consecutive games with at least one reception.  

Sorensen broke a long-standing BYU record by converting all seven of his PAT attempts to extend his personal streak to 68 consecutive PATs made, breaking the previous school mark of 67—a record that had stood since 2004.

BYU vs Idaho Fourth Quarter Blog

Nov 10, 2012 - Posted by Chris Scheitinger at 11:42 pm | Updated: November 10, 2012 11:47 pm | Permalink

Summary

James Lark hit Cody Raymond for a two-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter to put BYU up 49-10. Kicker Justin Sorensen hit a 31-yard field goal with 1:50 remaining in the quarter to extend BYU’s lead to 52-10. Kicker Trey Farquhar kicked a 35-yard field goal at the end of the game to bring the final score to 52-13.

Standout Players

James Lark – completed 6-8 passes in the fourth quarter for 49 yards. Lark finished the game 6-11 for 49 yards and one touchdown.

Quarter Highlights

Quarterback James Lark hit wide receiver Cody Raymond for a two-yard touchdown pass with 12 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. Halfway through the quarter Uani Unga forced a fumble on quarterback Logan Bushnell, recovered by Russell Tialavea at the BYU 24.

Visit the BYU facebook page for photos of the game: https://www.facebook.com/BYUFootball

BYU vs Idaho Third Quarter Blog

Nov 10, 2012 - Posted by Chris Scheitinger at 11:03 pm | Updated: November 10, 2012 11:08 pm | Permalink

Summary

 

Idaho kicker Trey Farquhar kicked a 39 yard field goal with 8:28 remaining in the third quarter to bring the score to 42-10 BYU. On 4th and goal, Idaho forced a fumble at the one yard line recovering the football for a touchback with 2:07 remaining. BYU leads 42-10 at the end of three quarters.

Standout Players

 

Uani Unga – Unga intercepted Idaho’s Logan Bushnell, returning it 22 yards to the Idaho 22.

Quarter Highlights

 

Quarterback James Lark replaced Riley Nelson during BYU’s second offensive series. During Idaho’s first offensive possession of the third quarter, quarterback Logan Bushnell hit wide receiver Najee Lovett twice for 33 yard and 11 yard passes. Idaho went on to kick a field goal, the only score of the third quarter.

Visit the BYU facebook page for photos of the game: https://www.facebook.com/BYUFootball

BYU vs Idaho Second Quarter Blog

Nov 10, 2012 - Posted by Chris Scheitinger at 10:02 pm | Permalink

Summary

 

Riley Nelson connected twice with wide receiver Cody Hoffman on six yard and four yard touchdown passes. BYU leads Idaho 42-7 at halftime.

Standout Players

 

Cody Hoffman – Hoffman caught two touchdown passes during the second quarter to finish the first half with three touchdown catches and 91 yards receiving.

Riley Nelson – Nelson finished the first half 16-27 for 193 yards and three touchdown passes. He rushed five times for 50 yards.

Robbie Buckner – intercepted quarterback Logan Bushnell at the BYU 37.

Quarter Highlights

 

Quarterback Riley Nelson connected with wide receiver Cody Hoffman for a six yard touchdown pass in the corner of the end zone to put the Cougars up 35-7 early in the second quarter. With 6:49 remaining in the quarter, Nelson hit Hoffman streaking across the center of the end zone for a four yard-touchdown pass. Hoffman’s second touchdown pass of the quarter extended BYU’s lead to 42-7 going into halftime.

Visit the BYU facebook page for photos of the game: https://www.facebook.com/BYUFootball

BYU vs Idaho First Quarter Blog

Nov 10, 2012 - Posted by Chris Scheitinger at 9:19 pm | Permalink

Summary

BYU jumped on the board first. On 4th and 1, Jamaal Williams broke free for a 49-yard run, setting up a Riley Nelson 6–yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Cody Hoffman. Jamaal Williams went on to score two touchdowns to put BYU up 21-0. After an Idaho touchdown pass, Spencer Hadley recovered a fumble into the endzone to put BYU up 28-7.

Standout Players

Jamaal Williams – Six carries for 78 yards and two touchdowns

Riley Nelson – 7-9 for 119 yards, six yard touchdown pass to Cody Hoffman

Quarter Highlights

Jamaal Williams scored two touchdowns and ran for 77 yards, including a 49-yard run on 4th and 1 to set up BYU’s first score of the quarter. Down 21-0, Idaho quarterback Logan Bushnell hit wide receiver Mike Scott down the middle late in the first quarter for a 33-yard touchdown reception. With four seconds remaining Spencer Hadley recovered a fumble at the two-yard line, running into the endzone for a touchdown.

Visit our facebook page for photos of the game: https://www.facebook.com/BYUFootball

BYU vs Idaho First Quarter Blog

Nov 10, 2012 - Posted by Chris Scheitinger at 9:17 pm | Permalink

Summary

BYU jumped on the board first. On 4th and 1, Jamaal Williams broke free for a 49-yard run, setting up a Riley Nelson 6–yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Cody Hoffman. Jamaal Williams went on to score two touchdowns to put BYU up 21-0. After an Idaho touchdown pass, Spencer Hadley recovered a fumble into the endzone to put BYU up 28-7.

Standout Players

Jamaal Williams – Six carries for 78 yards and two touchdowns

Riley Nelson – 7-9 for 119 yards, six yard touchdown pass to Cody Hoffman

Quarter Highlights

Jamaal Williams scored two touchdowns and ran for 77 yards, including a 49-yard run on 4th and 1 to set up BYU’s first score of the quarter. Down 21-0, Idaho quarterback Logan Bushnell hit wide receiver Mike Scott down the middle late in the first quarter for a 33-yard touchdown reception. With four seconds remaining Spencer Hadley recovered a fumble at the two-yard line, running into the endzone for a touchdown.

Visit our facebook page for photos of the game: https://www.facebook.com/BYUFootball

Falslev, Wiliams, Stephenson honored

Oct 30, 2012 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 3:33 pm | Permalink

Junior JD Falslev and freshman Jamaal Williams were honored as Honorable Mention All-Purpose Performers of the Week while senior Riley Stephenson was named an Honorable Mention Punter Performer of the Weekby the College Football Performance Awards for their performances in BYU's 41-17 win over Georgia Tech.

Falslev did it all against the Yellow Jackets, returning kicks and punts as well as catching passes and rushing the ball. Falslev set a career high with 182 all-purpose yards. He had 32 rushing yards, 12 receiving yards, 9 punt return yards and career-best 129 kick return yards. Falslev's first punt return, and first on the season, was for 44 yards, followed by gains of 43 and 42.

Williams added three rushing touchdowns and a receiving touchdown in BYU's win. The 17-year old running back was the first Cougar to score four touchdowns in a game since wide receiver Luke Ashworth score four against Colorado State in 2010. His eight rushing touchdowns lead the team and are third most among FBS freshman running backs.

College Sports Madness also honored Wiliams as Madness Independent Player of the Week for his exception performance against Georgia Tech. For more information on the award visit this website.

Punter Stephenson booted a 61-yard punt against Georgia Tech, tying a season high. Stephenson punted twice for a total of 108 yards giving the Cougars an advantage in field position.

About College Football Performance Awards (CFPA):
The goal of College Football Performance Awards is to provide the most scientifically rigorous conferments in college football. Recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams.

As prominent scholars from a wide variety of disciplines note, CFPA eliminates the politics and biases that vitiate balloting-based awards. Furthermore, CFPA has received praise from both Republican and Democratic White House officials for promoting objectivity and fairness in college football. For more information visit the official website

Williams named to CFPA National Freshman Performer of the Year Watch List

Oct 24, 2012 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 5:22 pm | Updated: October 24, 2012 5:24 pm | Permalink

BYU's Jamaal Williams was named to the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) 2012 National Freshman Performer of the Year Watch List today.

Williams leads the Cougars in rushing with 79 carries for 409 yards and a team-high five touchdowns. His 409 rushing yards are the ninth-most among FBS Division-I freshman running backs while his five touchdowns are tied for the sixth most among freshman running backs and 76th nationally among all players. A product of Fontana, Calif., Williams ran for a career-best 155 yards and two touchdowns vs. Hawai'i. He also has 17 receptions for 172 yards.

Here is the CFPA's complete release on this year's watch list:

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (OCTOBER 24, 2012) – College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) announced the 2012 National Freshman Performer of the Year Watch List today. The watch list is a rough guide, highlighting freshmen whose performances merit recognition. Freshmen are not preemptively eliminated from consideration, and all players are eligible for weekly, annual, and career awards at their respective positions.

Previous FBS recipients include Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller (2011), South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore (2010), and Oregon running back LaMichael James (2009).

2012 National Freshman Performer of the Year Watch List:
Amari Cooper, Alabama Wide Receiver
T.J. Yeldon, Alabama Running Back
Jamaal Williams, BYU Running Back
Cory James, Colorado State Linebacker
Davante Adams, Fresno State Wide Receiver
Todd Gurley, Georgia Running Back
Keith Marshall, Georgia Running Back
Will Gregory, Hawaii Running Back
Landon Foster, Kentucky Punter
Kenneth Dixon, Louisiana Tech Running Back
Jeremy Hill, LSU Running Back
Kevin Grooms, Marshall Running Back
Stefon Diggs, Maryland Wide Receiver
Duke Johnson, Miami Running Back
Marcus Mariota, Oregon Quarterback
Storm Woods, Oregon State Running Back
Austin Lopez, San Jose State Placekicker
Trevone Boykin, TCU Quarterback
Devonte Fields, TCU Defensive Lineman
Jaden Oberkrom, TCU Placekicker
Johnathan Gray, Texas Running Back
Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M Quarterback
Alonzo Russell, Toledo Wide Receiver
Austin Brown, UAB Quarterback
Brett Hundley, UCLA Quarterback
Leonard Williams, USC Defensive Lineman
Jordan Nielsen, Utah State Defensive Lineman
Jaime Wilson, Western Michigan Wide Receiver


About College Football Performance Awards (CFPA):
The goal of College Football Performance Awards is to provide the most scientifically rigorous conferments in college football. Recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams.

As prominent scholars from a wide variety of disciplines note, CFPA eliminates the politics and biases that vitiate balloting-based awards. Furthermore, CFPA has received praise from both Republican and Democratic White House officials for promoting objectivity and fairness in college football.

Visit the Official Website of College Football Performance Awards: http://www.collegefootballperformance.com and follow CFPA @CFPerformance.