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Ezekiel Ansah
DE #94
Height:
6-6
Weight:
278
Age:
25
College:
Brigham Young
Experience:
2

Quick Stats (2014):

TCKL
49
SCK
7.5
FF
3
INT
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Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
TOTAL 81 56 25 15.5 0 1 0 0 -- 0 0 5 0
2014 DET 16 16 49 37 12 7.5 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 3 --
2013 DET 14 12 32 19 13 8.0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 2 --
Recent Games
WKOppResultTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
TotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
1 NYG W 35-14 1 0 1 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2 @CAR L 7-24 4 2 2 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
3 GB W 19-7 2 2 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
4 @NYJ W 24-17 5 3 2 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
5 BUF L 14-17 4 1 3 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
6 @MIN W 17-3 5 4 1 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
7 NO W 24-23 4 3 1 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
8 @ATL W 22-21 1 1 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
10 MIA W 20-16 6 6 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
11 @ARI L 6-14 3 2 1 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
12 @NE L 9-34 3 3 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
13 CHI W 34-17 2 2 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
14 TB W 34-17 1 1 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
15 MIN W 16-14 1 1 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
16 @CHI W 20-14 2 2 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
17 @GB L 20-30 5 4 1 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --

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Biography

Bruising defensive end with unrivaled size and raw talent who possesses the ability to play multiple roles along the Lions defensive line. With a team-leading eight sacks in his first NFL season in 2013, Ansah recorded the most sacks by a Lions rookie since DT Ndamukong Suh had 10 in 2010.

MANE FACTS

  • Pronunciation: ZEEK-e-all AHN-sah
  • Nickname “Ziggy”
  • First witnessed American football when he attended a BYU game in 2008.
  • Originally aspired to play basketball upon arriving in the United States before his family and friends convinced him to try out for football in 2010.
  • Voted by his teammates for the Mel Farr Rookie of the Year Award in 2013.
  • Named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 6 of 2014

TRANSACTIONS

  • Drafted by the Detroit Lions in the first round (5th overall) in the 2013 NFL Draft.

PRO
Bruising defensive end with unrivaled size and raw talent who possesses the ability to play multiple roles along the Lions defensive line. With a team-leading eight sacks in his first NFL season in 2013, Ansah recorded the most sacks by a Lions rookie since DT Ndamukong Suh had 10 in 2010.

  • Ansah had three multi-sack games in 2013, posting two sacks at Washington (9/22), vs. Tampa Bay (11/24) and vs. Green Bay (11/28). His three two-sack performances are tied for the most on the Lions all-time list for single-game sacks by rookies.
  • On his very first defensive series as an NFL player in Week 1 of the 2013 preseason vs. New York Jets (8/9), Ansah picked off Jets QB Mark Sanchez and returned it 14 yards for a touchdown.

2104: Followed up on his tremendous rookie season with 7.5 sacks, one behind DT Ndamukong Suh (8.0) for the team lead, as well as 49 total tackles (37 solo) and three forced fumbles. With 15.5 sacks after his first two NFL seasons, Ansah ranked third among all second- or third-year players behind only Olivier Vernon (18.0) and Chandler Jones (17.5.)

  • Began the 2014 season at defensive end and collected four quarterback hits with 0.5 sacks in Week 1 vs. New York Giants (9/8).
  • Had three tackles and put pressure on the quarterback for 0.5 sacks in Week 2 at Carolina (9/14).
  • Made two solo tackles in Week 3 vs. Green Bay (9/21).
  • Collected five total tackles (three solo), including one tackle for a loss, in Week 4 at New York Jets (9/28).
  • Pieced together four total tackles and had one tackle for a loss in Week 5 vs. Buffalo (10/5).
  • Wreaked havoc on the Vikings offensive line, sacking the quarterback a career-high 2.5 times, collecting five total tackles on the day and forcing one fumble in Week 6 at Minnesota (10/12). This was his fourth-career game, and first in 2014, with 2+ sacks.
  • Had four total tackles, including one tackle for a loss in Week 7 vs. New Orleans (10/19).
  • Collected one sack for 10 yards and forced a fumble in Week 8 at Atlanta (10/26).
  • Made six total tackles, including one sack for 11 yards in Week 10 vs. Miami (11/9).
  • Had three combined tackles in Week 11 at Arizona (11/16).
  • Collected three solo tackles in Week 12 at New England (11/23).
  • Made a pair of tackles, including one sack, in Week 13 vs. Chicago (11/27).
  • Picked up a sack and hurried the quarterback on multiple occasions in Week 14 vs. Tampa Bay (12/7).
  • Had one solo tackle in Week 15 vs. Minnesota (12/14).
  • Made two solo tackles in Week 16 at Chicago (12/21).
  • Recorded five tackles in Week 17 at Green Bay (12/28).
  • Registered two tackles (one for loss), one sack and four quarterback hits in the NFC Wild Card game at Dallas (1/4).

2013: Started in 12-of-14 games as a rookie and totaled 32 tackles (19 solo), a team-leading eight sacks (72 yards), one pass defense and two forced fumbles. Ansah led all NFL rookies with eight sacks.

  • Came off the bench in his Detroit Lions rookie debut in Week 1 vs. Minnesota (9/8) to record three tackles (one solo), 0.5 sacks (1.5 yards) and one quarterback hit.
  • Recorded one solo tackle in Week 2 at Arizona (9/15).
  • Made his first career start in Week 3 at Washington (9/22) and recorded seven total tackles (four solo), two sacks (26 yards) and one forced fumble.
  • Assisted on one tackle and recorded one pass defense in Week 4 against Chicago (9/29).
  • In Week 5 at Green Bay (10/6), had two solo tackles, including one tackle for loss, 0.5 sacks (five yards), one quarterback hit and one forced fumble.
  • Assisted on three tackles in Week 6 at Cleveland (10/13).
  • In Week 8 vs. Dallas (10/27), made two solo tackles.
  • Inactive for Week 10 at Chicago (11/10) and Week 11 at Pittsburgh (11/17).
  • Registered two sacks (20 yards) and two solo tackles, including two tackles for loss, and two quarterback hits vs. Tampa Bay in Week 12 (11/24).
    • His performance at Tampa Bay was his second multi-sack game of the season.
  • Registered two sacks (13 yards), three solo tackles, including two tackles for loss and two quarterback hits in Week 13 vs. Green Bay (11/28).
    • He became the first Lions player with two-plus sacks in back-to-back games since DE Cliff Avril in Weeks 14-15 of the 2011 season.
  • Totaled four tackles (three solo), including one tackle for loss in Week 14 at Philadelphia (12/8).
  • In Week 16 vs. New York Giants (12/22), sacked Giants QB Eli Manning for a loss of nine yards and also totaled three tackles (two solo), including one tackle for loss, and one quarterback hit.
  • Assisted on one tackle in Week 17 at Minnesota (12/29).

COLLEGE
Started the final nine games of his career at Brigham Young, appearing in 31 total games where he registered 72 tackles (39 solo), 4.5 sacks (20 yards), 13 tackles for loss, 10 pass defenses, one interception and one forced fumble.

  • Prior to joining the BYU football team in 2010, competed for the Cougars track team and ran personal bests in the 100-meter dash (10.91) and 200-meter dash (21.89).

2012: An All-American Super Sleeper selection by The NFL Draft Report, Ansah also received All-American honorable mention from Pro Football Weekly and was an All-Independent first-team choice by Phil Steele.

  • Finished his senior year with 62 tackles (35 solo), ranking fourth-best on the team. Also ranked second on the team with 4.5 sacks (20 yards) and placed third on the team with 13 tackles for loss, one interception and one fumble recovery.
  • Burst onto the scene vs. Boise State, snuffing out a fake punt and posting eight tackles (2.5 for loss), one sack and one pass defense.
  • Produced three tackles for loss vs. Utah State, including two sacks while coming up with five stops in a 6-3 victory.
  • Recorded a six-yard sack vs. Georgia Tech to go along with eight tackles (five solo).
  • Assisted on a sack while making two stops for loss and four tackles vs. New Mexico State.
  • Finished the Poinsettia Bowl vs. San Diego State with five solo tackles, a forced fumble and one interception.

PERSONAL
Youngest of five children, son of Edward and Elizabeth. Hails from Accra, Ghana.

  • Originally tried to walk on to BYU’s basketball team as a power forward after watching his brother play basketball in Ghana.
  • Active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
  • Speaks Twi and Fante, two local Ghanaian dialects.
  • A basketball fan, grew up idolizing LeBron James.
  • Actuarial science major with a minor in mathematics.

ANSAH'S SINGLE-GAME BESTS

  • Tackles: 7 at Was 9/22/13
  • Sacks: 2.5 at Min 10/12/14
  • Sack Yards: 26 at Was 9/22/13
  • Forced Fumbles: 1 (four times) Last at Atl 10/26/14
  • Pass Defenses: 1 vs. Chi 9/29/13

Recent Articles

Recent Videos

  • 2013 NFL Combine: Ziggy Ansah

    By NFL.com - Posted Feb 13, 2015

    Watch Brigham Young defensive end Ezekiel Ansah run the 40-yard dash at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine.

  • Highlight: Ansah forces fumble

    By NFL.com - Posted Nov 9, 2014

    Miami Dolphins running back Daniel Thomas fumbles and the ball is recovered by the Lions at the bottom of the pile.

  • Ziggy on second-half surge

    Posted Oct 27, 2014

    Detroit Lions defensive end Ziggy Ansah talks about how the team rebounded from a poor first half, regrouped and came out and executed in the third and fourth quarter.

  • Ziggy on surprising sister in London

    Posted Oct 23, 2014

    Detroit Lions defensive end Ziggy Ansah talks about his trip to surprise his sister, who he had not seen in six years, in London, where she lives.

  • Ansah on winning player of the week

    Posted Oct 16, 2014

    Detroit Lions defensive end Ziggy Ansah talks about winning the defensive player of the week award and why the defensive line has performed well this season.

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