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

Quick Stats (2014):

TCKL
12
SCK
1.0
FF
0
INT
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Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
TOTAL 44 26 18 9.0 0 1 0 0 -- 0 0 2 0
2014 DET 4 4 12 7 5 1.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
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 --

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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.

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.

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 (three times) Last vs. GB 11/28/13
  • Sack Yards: 26 at Was 9/22/13
  • Forced Fumbles: 1 (twice) Last at GB 10/6/13
  • Pass Defenses: 1 vs. Chi 9/29/13

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