BYU star Ansah gets Sports Illustrated treatment

Dec 7 2012 - 10:50pm

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This past week's Sports Illustrated a feature on Ezekiel Ansah's future in the NFL?

Who?

Maybe you know him as Ziggy Ansah, BYU's linebacker.

Writer Jeff Benedict wrote "The Next Zig Thing," chronicling Ansah's path from his nativ Ghana, joining the LDS Church, and on to a possible slot in the first round of the NFL draft.

Things could change, but look for Ansah and Utah defensive end Star Lotulelei to perhaps be the darlings of the NFL combine and earn top-10 slots.

Tall tales

At 7-foot-4, Mark Eaton is the kind of guy folks look up to.

But when Eaton, the longtime Utah Jazz center, spoke to automotive technology students young and old at Weber State on Thursday, he more than knew what he was talking about.

Eaton was working as an auto mechanic when his NBA dream began with Utah. He spoke on "Four Commitments of a Winning Team."

Tidbits

Weber State junior basketball player Kyle Tresnak has been named the Weber State student-athlete of the week. Teammate Davion Berry won the previous week. ...

We note the passing of former Utah coach and basktball funnyman Rick Majerus, who died on Dec. 3 at age 64. ...

The Utah Jazz visited Primary Children's Medical Center and Shriners Hospital for Children this past week. The Jazz contingent -- which usually includes players, Bear and the Jazz Dancers, also have plans to visit the George E. Wahlen Veterans Affairs Medical Center. ...

Former BYU QB Ty Detmer became the seventh BYU Cougar to enter the College Football Hall of Fame on Tuesday in NYC. The 1990 Heisman Trophy winner joins fellow Cougars Gordon Hudson (2009), LaVell Edwards (2004), Steve Young (2001), Jim McMahon (1998), Marc Wilson (1996) and Gifford Nielsen (1994) in the Hall. ...

The Utah Grizzlies recently added NHL veteran Colby Armstrong to their roster. He has 439 NHL games under his belt.

Chris J. Miller is sports editor for the Standard-Examiner. He can be reached at 801-625-4261 or cmiller@standard.net.

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