NFL CAREER – A two-year NFL veteran, Akwasi Owusu-Ansah (pronounced uh-KWA-see uh-WOO-sue ahn-SAH) has appeared in 14 career games with two starts for the Dallas Cowboys and Jacksonville Jaguars, seeing action as a defender, a wide receiver and a kickoff and punt returner. He’s posted career totals of 14 tackles (nine solo), five special teams stops, returned 28 kickoffs for 599 yards (21.4 avg.) and brought back six punts for 47 yards. After spending most of the 2012 season on the Oakland Raiders practice squad, the fourth round draft pick of the Dallas Cowboys in 2010 will have an opportunity to compete for a spot in the defensive backfield and on special teams.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS – Signed by New Orleans to a one-year contract, 7/23/13; Waived by Oakland Raiders, 5/13/13; Signed by Oakland to a reserve/future contract, 1/2/13; Re-signed by Oakland to practice squad, 12/10/12; Released by Raiders from practice squad, 10/30/12; Re-signed by Raiders to practice squad, 10/1/12; Released by Oakland from practice squad, 9/27/12; Signed by Oakland to practice squad, 9/19/12; Waived by Dallas, 8/31/12; Claimed off of waivers from Jacksonville by Dallas, 5/8/12; Waived by Jacksonville Jaguars, 5/7/12; Activated by Jacksonville from practice squad, 12/6/11; Signed by Jacksonville to practice squad, 12/3/11; Waived by Dallas, 11/30/11; Activated from practice squad by Dallas, 11/12/11; Signed by Dallas to practice squad, 9/5/11. Waived by Dallas, 9/3/11; Placed on Reserve/Injured by Dallas, 11/10/10; Signed by Dallas to a four-year contract, 7/19/10; Originally picked by the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth round (126th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft.
2012 – Enjoyed three stints on the Oakland Raiders practice squad after being waived by Dallas at the end of training camp. 2011 – Split the season between the Dallas Cowboys and Jacksonville Jaguars...After finishing the preseason with 25 kickoff returns for 543 yards and a long of 41, spent the start of the season on the Dallas practice squad, before being activated at midseason, where he would make his debut as a wide receiver...Appeared in seven games with two starts and posted 14 tackles (nine solo), four special teams stops, three kickoff returns for 56 yards (18.7 avg.) and six punt returns for 47 yards (7.8 avg.)….Was active for the win against Buffalo (11/13) as the club’s punt returner and returned two punts for four yards with one special teams tackle...Saw all defensive action with Jacksonville after being activated off their practice squad for the final four games of the season, moving back to safety. 2010 – Used primarily as a kick returner in his rookie campaign, returning 25 kickoffs for 543 yards (21.7) with a long of 41 yards, also adding one special teams tackle before missing the second half of the season with a high ankle sprain which forced him to be placed on Reserve/Injured, Nov. 10….Made his NFL debut at Washington, Sept. 12, on special teams with two kickoff returns for 37 yards and one fair catch on a punt return...Had four kickoff returns for 107 yards with a long of 40 yards against Chicago, Sept. 19...At Houston, Sept. 26, finished with three kickoff returns for 62 yards (20.7 avg.) and one special teams tackle...Returned four kickoffs for 91 yards (22.8 avg.) with a long return of 40 yards against Tennessee, Oct. 10...At Minnesota, Oct. 17, had four kick returns for 71 yards with a long of 24 yards...Returned three kickoffs for 71 yards with career-long return of 41 yards against N.Y. Giants, Oct. 25...Returned five kicks for 104 yards (20.8 avg.) against Jacksonville, Oct. 31 before suffering ankle sprain that forced him out of game...Inactive at Green Bay, Nov. 7 due to ankle injury.
COLLEGE – Named an All-American first-team selection by The NFL Draft Report and the American Football Coaches Association-just the 16th player in school history to earn AFAC first-team honors-adding second-team honors from the Associated Press and All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference first-team choice on both defense and special teams...Had career defensive totals of 73 tackles and 10 interceptions in 43 games with 21 starts at IUP at both cornerback and safety...On kickoff returns, established all-time records for returns (53), yards (1,371) and scores (three) while his 25.87 return average ranked third in school history...His 788 punt return yards set a school career record while his 70 returns ranked second...As a senior, started 11 games at LCB recording 27 tackles (20 solo) with 1.5 tackles for losses with four pass deflections and two interceptions for 42 return yards...Ranked second in the league and 20th in the nation with 22 punt returns for 275 yards (12.5 avg.) and a school single-season record with three touchdowns...Majored in physical education.
PERSONAL – Attended Whetstone (Columbus, Ohio) HS, where he earned All-Columbus City-North League recognition as a running back...Also lettered in track...During his tenure in Dallas, was active with Cowboys community in several charitable programs to serve the hungry, military, youth and the sick...His first name, Akwasi, means “Born on Sunday....Family is from Ghana, Africa.