Akwasi Owusu-Ansah – Dallas Cowboys’ Cornerback
Akwasi was chosen to fill a spot that is much needed by the Dallas Cowboys. With only three cornerbacks, they have struggled to get a fourth that they can train to be a strong starter cornerback in the future. Akwasi seems to fit this mold–tall with speed. An All-American Honorable Mention at Ohio State University he recorded the fastest 40 yard dash time.
Owusu-Ansah played college football for the Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) Crimson Hawks of NCAA Division II. He attracted 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. He ranked in the top 15 nationally for kick and punt return average yards in his senior year and set school records for punt return yards and average and kickoff return yards. 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.
On April 24, 2010 Owusu-Ansah was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft as the 126th overall pick. On July 19, 2010 he agreed to a four year contract worth $2.24 million with the Cowboys. As a rookie, Owusu-Ansah earned the job as the team’s primary kickoff returner.