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#5 Ashely Lowery, DB
SR.6’ 1” 215 lbs.
White County High School
Meet Ashely Lowery
Ashely is a 2 year starter on defense as a safety. He participated in spring practice but was held out from any contact as he is recovering from a shoulder surgery. It’s well known that Ashley was lucky to even be able to play last year because during that summer he was involved in a serious car accident that could have turned out to be life ending. Fortunately, Ashely healed quickly as was able to participate if fall practice. Before Ashely even got to Kentucky he had gained national attention for a play later known as the” Lowery leap”, even being aired on ESPN (Check out the video below).
As a Wildcat
Ashley is a 3 year lettermen who has played a total of 32 games thus far in his career and has started 21 of those 32. As a freshman in 2011, Ashley played in all 12 games and got his first start in his home state against Georgia where he recorded a season high 5 tackles. As a sophomore Ashley started eight games but missed four due to injury. In those eight games, he recorded 43 tackles with a career high of nine against Vanderbilt. In that same game he also recorded his first college career interception. As a junior- his first year under coach Stoops-he started all 12 games recording 46 tackles, one interception, three pass break-ups, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovered. In Ashley’s first three years at UK he has totaled 105 tackles, 2 interceptions, 3 pass break-ups, 1 fumble caused and to 2 fumble recovery’s.
What to look for
Ashley will again be looked upon for his experience in the defensive backfield but also could be moved up closer to the line of scrimmage. Sitting out this spring could have hurt him a bit as his younger competition gained more practice time. If he wins out his starting spot he will have to fight to keep it. Either way, he is an invaluable piece of the defense and will be counted on heavily to contribute.