Ezekiel Ansah
Defensive Line 47
270 lbs.
Last School
Presbyterian Boys School
Roster Years

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. 


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


  • 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
BYU Hall of Fame

Freshman Year

Sophmore Year 2010

  • 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
Junior Year 2011

  • 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
Senior Year 2012

  • 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
Graduate Year

Redshirt Year

Medical Redshirt Year