Originally posted by LieutKaffee:
From Ziggy Ansah's wikipedia:
Unfamiliar with American football, Ansah had to be instructed in the most basic rules and techniques, even needing help getting on his pads for the first time. Mid-way through the 2010 season Ansah made his first collegiate appearance in the Cougars' game versus Wyoming where he recorded his first tackle. During the 2010 season he saw action in six games on special teams and the defensive line, recording three tackles and a pass breakup.
I'm not saying that's good or bad, but the suggestion of some in here that it takes YEARS AND YEARS to become a useful football player seems greatly exaggerated. Ansah became a situational backup under similar circumstances at a similar age.
Many variables here are changed. The 49ers have a much tougher rotation to crack than BYU. But I have a feeling Okoye is a quicker study and a harder worker. I really think the 49ers should suit him up this season and send him out on special teams and maybe a play or two per game on defense. Sooner rather than later.
He can be great for a few blocks on field goal attempts... and if used for coverage on punt returns/kick offs, it would be wise for the returner to go the opposite direction. Imagine a 190 pound punt returner full speed-running into this guy at full speed, lights out!
You can tell he's a hard worker and a quick study, but American Football isn't just learned in one off season. Although, it seems like the coaches are going to try and get this guy up to par (techniques/nuances/etc) as much as possible to see what he can do in the pre-season games. We can just hope that this isn't "all for not."