College Preview: Poinsettia Bowl

  • Poinsettia Bowl
  • Brigham Young (7-5) vs. San Diego State (9-3)
  • Thursday, December 20, 7 p.m. CST, on ESPN
  • Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego

Brigham Young University Cougars

#47 DE Ezekiel Ansah, Senior – 6-5, 270 pounds, 4.74 seconds in the 40-yard dash, 2nd-round potential.

A native of Ghana, Ezekiel Nana Ansah began his football career three years ago at BYU as a walk-on, without any scholarship money. He’s worked his way up with sometimes stunning athletic skills for a man his size. Originally arriving at BYU on a academic scholarship, Ansah tried out for the Cougars basketball team in 2008 and 2009, but was cut. He next tried the track team as a walk-on and ran the 100 meters in 10.91 seconds and the 200 meters in 21.89 seconds. The man they call “Ziggy” picked up football in 2010 and through his first two seasons he was shuffled back and forth between defensive end and outside linebacker. This season he’s been in what amounts to a hybrid position and he’s gone off the scouts’ charts with 27 total tackles and 3 sacks. Throughout the season, he’s lined up all over the line of scrimmage, sometimes with his hand in the dirt, other times in a two-point stance. Ansah has also dropped into coverage where he’s shown remarkable dexterity. With his limited background, he remains very raw, but he has the speed, quickness, power and size that can’t be coached. In three years coaches at BYU said he’s made remarkable progress in understanding the game. Invited to the Senior Bowl, he will have the chance to push his status into the low first round, something along the lines of Jason Pierre-Paul a few years ago coming out of South Florida.

Ansah graduated this month with a degree in actuarial science. His parents and four siblings are still in Ghana and have never seen him play football in person.

Year

G/S

Tot Tk.

TFL

Sks

QBH

FF

PBU

2010

6

3

0

0

0

0

1

2011

12

7

0

0

1

0

0

2012

12

57

13

4.5

6

0

8

Total

30

67

13

4.5

7

0

9

Other Brigham Young players that may be considered during the draft evaluation period:

#76 G Branden Hansen, Redshirt-Senior – 6-5, 308 pounds, 5.18 seconds in the 40-yard dash, 5th-round potential.

#2 WR Cody Hoffman, Junior – 6-2½, 215 pounds, 4.56 seconds in the 40-yard dash, 6th-round potential.

#4 ILB Uona Kaveinga, Redshirt-Senior – 5-11, 235 pounds, 4.67 seconds in the 40-yard dash, 7th-round potential. (Transfer from Southern Cal).

#75 OT Braden Brown, Senior – 6-5, 302 pounds, 5.19 seconds in the 40-yard dash, 7th-round potential.

San Diego State University Aztecs

#2 CB Leon McFadden, Senior – 5-10, 190 pounds, 4.49 seconds in the 40-yard dash, 22 years old (10/26/90), 3rd-round potential.

McFadden was named the Aztecs MVP for his performance over the past season, plus he was selected for the first-team defense All-Mountain West Conference for the third year in a row. Going into the bowl game he had 3 interceptions, 10 passes broken up and 59 total tackles. Two of those interceptions he returned for touchdowns, 28 yards against North Dakota and 96 yards Fresno State. He’s a three-year starter at SDSU. When he arrived on campus he was a wide receiver; in fact that’s why he selected the Aztecs over Washington, Washington State and BYU that wanted him as a cornerback. But two weeks into his first preseason camp, a senior CB suffered a knee injury and they needed a body. That’s where his football career changed and he’s been nothing but a cornerback with the Aztecs, starting 44 games over the last three seasons. He accepted an invitation to play in the Senior Bowl in January.

He was born in Bellflower, California, grew up in Inglewood (Los Angeles) and attended St. John Bosco High School. He played offense and defense as a senior, with 7 TD catches and 4 interceptions. McFadden also ran track, turning in a career best 10.95 seconds in the 100 meters. His father Leon played in the Houston Astros organization.

McFadden majored in communications.

Year

G/S

Tot Tk.

TFL

Sks

FF

RF

Int

Yds

TD

PD

Blk

2009

12/6

26

1

1

0

0

1

39

0

0

2

2010

13/13

55

7

1

0

0

2

0

0

12

0

2011

13/13

46

3

0

0

0

2

23

0

17

0

2012

12/12

59

2

0

1

0

3

124

2

10

0

Total

50/44

186

13

2

1

0

8

186

2

35

2

Other San Diego State players that may be considered during the draft evaluation period:

#88 TE Gavin Escobar, Redshirt-Junior – 6-5, 255 pounds, 4.78 seconds in the 40-yard dash, 21 years old (2/3/91), 3rd-round potential.

#5 QB Ryan Katz, Redshirt-Senior – 6-1, 210 pounds, 4.78 seconds in the 40-yard dash, 22 years old (11/1/90), 5th-round potential. (Transfer from Oregon State).

#34 RB Walter Kazee, Senior – 5-9, 190 pounds, 4.53 seconds in the 40-yard dash, 22 years old (9/14/90), 7th-round potential.

#19 WR Brice Butler, Redshirt-Senior – 6-2½, 205 pounds, 4.54 seconds in the 40-yard dash, 22 years old (1/29/90), 7th-round potential. (Transfer from Southern Cal.)

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