Position: Defensive End
Height/Weight: 6-foot-4, 265 pounds
High School: Quince Orchard (MD)
Playing in all 14 games last season for Nebraska, Ankrah recorded 26 tackles with two sacks from the defensive end position. He also forced two fumbles.
He made nine starts for the second straight year and saw his production in the following categories go up: tackles, tackles for loss, sacks, and hurries.
As a fifth-year senior, Ankrah is expected to be a leader, especially for a group up front in the trenches that doesn't have much experience.
“When we finished with Georgia, I already knew that I was going to be one of the only seniors up front with Thad (Randle),” said Ankrah during the spring. “A lot of people in their nature aren’t really vocal. You don’t really have to always be vocal, but you have to also show it, bring them along with you, do all the little things. Personally, it hasn’t really been a focal point, but this offseason it has, and I’ve made an emphasis on that.
“I wasn't really a vocal guy and talking these four and half years that I have been here, but I have no choice. I have embraced it and going with it.”
Thought to be a staple upfront, there were numerous reports during the spring Ankrah would be moving inside to defensive tackle because of the Huskers young depth at the position.
“I'm a defensive end as far as I know, but it's about creating mismatches on third down and such,” said the senior in the spring “We haven't really spoken on it yet, but I'm okay with it. Whatever it does to help the team. It's going to help me out and the team out.”
Even if guys like sophomores Avery Moss and Greg McMullen, or junior college transfer Randy Gregory find a way to be on the field at all-times, Ankrah will likely start every game in 2013 and see an increase his numbers.
How he ended up in Lincoln:
Ankrah made first team All-Sentinel on the offensive line as a junior. With over 50 tackles and five sacks, Ankrah played a significant role in leading his team to a perfect 14-0 record and the 4A state championship. He picked the Huskers over offers Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina State, Penn State, and Virginia Tech. Out of high school, he was the nation's No. 24 defensive end and a four-star prospect.
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