No. 47 Detroit Lions
|Date of birth:April 10, 1988|
|Place of birth: Gainesville, Florida|
|College: Indiana (Pa.)|
|NFL Draft: 2010 / Round: 4 / Pick: 126|
|Debuted in 2010 for the Dallas Cowboys|
Career NFL statistics as of 2012
Akwasi Owusu-Ansah (/ / ə-KWAH-see o-WOO-soo AHN-sah; born April 10, 1988) is an American football defensive back for Detroit Lions. Owusu-Ansah played college football at Division II Indiana (Pa.), and was considered one of the top cornerback and top small school prospects for the 2010 NFL Draft. Ultimately, he was selected in the fourth round, 126th overall by the Dallas Cowboys. He was the 14th cornerback selected, and the second player from Division II behind future Raiders teammate Jared Veldheer.
Akwasi Owusu-Ansah attended Whetstone High School in Columbus, Ohio. He graduated from Whetstone in 2006. Owusu-Ansah is Whetstone's career leading rusher for yards and touchdowns and led the Braves to their first back-to-back winning seasons in over 10 years. Owusu-Ansah received All-Ohio Honorable Mention honors his senior year.
Owusu-Ansah played college football for the IUP Crimson Hawks of NCAA Division II. He began attracting NFL attention following the 2008 season when had eight interceptions, including seven in the last four games, and three against Gannon University. Prior to his senior season in 2009 he was ranked as the ninth-best cornerback in the nation, and the only non-Division I player in the top 18. During his senior season he returned three punts and two kickoffs for touchdowns and ranked in the top 15 nationally for kick and punt return average yards. He set school records for punt return yards and average and kickoff return yards.
He was selected for the 2010 East-West Shrine Game, but could not participate due to a shoulder injury suffered during his senior season. He later underwent surgery performed by James Bradley, team doctor of the Pittsburgh Steelers, in March 2010. Just before the surgery, Owusu-Ansah participated in the Pro Day workout at Ohio State University, where he recorded the fastest 40 yard dash time. Following his senior season, he was selected first-team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association, second-team by the Associated Press and first-team All-PSAC for defense and special teams.
He is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Gamma Mu Chapter. He is frequently referred to as "Kwasi".
Dallas Cowboys (first stint)
Although he was considered to be inexperienced coming from a small school background and was also recovering from a shoulder injury he suffered as a senior, Owusu-Ansah was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft, because the team saw potential in his athletic measurables. On July 19, 2010 he agreed to a four-year contract worth $2.24 million with the Cowboys.
As a rookie he was moved between the safety and cornerback position, earning the job as the team's primary kickoff returner. He was placed on injured reserve on November 10, 2010, with an ankle injury, after playing in 7 games.
On September 3, 2011 Owusu-Ansah was released by the Cowboys. He cleared waivers and signed to their practice squad on September 4, 2011. During the 2011 NFL season, the Cowboys started playing Owusu-Ansah as a wide receiver in addition to safety. He was cut from the team on November 30, 2011.
The Jacksonville Jaguars signed Owusu-Ansah to their practice squad on December 4, 2011. He was promoted to the active roster on December 6 after the Jaguars released tight end Fendi Onobun. He was waived on May 7, 2012.
Dallas Cowboys (second stint)
He was signed to the Raiders' practice squad on September 19, 2012. He was released on September 27, 2012 but resigned to the practice squad on October 1, 2012. He was released from the practice squad on October 30, 2012.
New Orleans Saints
On December 3rd, 2013. He was signed to the Detroit Lions practice squad.
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