Kentucky getting a good one in player-hurdling RB Ashely Lowery

Kentucky saw something special in White County’s Ashely Lowery even before he leaped over a defender in full stride this past Friday in Cleveland.

White Couty's Ashely Lowery could play offense or defense for Kentucky next year. (Special photo)

White Couty's Ashely Lowery could play offense or defense for Kentucky next year. (Special photo)

Lowery, a 6-foot-2, 195-pound senior running back and defensive back, committed to the Wildcats back on August 7.  But few others knew much about him before the video of his amazing run went viral on YouTube this week.

“Great athlete. Good young man,” White County coach Greg Seagraves said of his star attraction. “Tennessee looked at him closely. So did Georgia and Georgia Tech. They’ve all looked at him.”

But other than Kentucky, only Illinois, Air Force, UAB, Eastern Kentucky and Western Caroina have offered.

“He’s kind of a between guy,” Seagraves explained. “They’re not sure if he’s a safety,  wide receiver, running back or linebacker. Kentucky called them summer and said they wanted him no matter what. They don’t know exactly what he’s going to be. But they know he’s an incredible athlete.”

So does everybody else now.

During a 45-18 win over West Hall Friday, Lowery was lined up at running back in the backfield when a shotgun snap went over the head of the quarterback. Lowery scooped up the loose ball and went around right end on a play that was designed to go to the left.

There Lowery encountered the only thing between him and the goal line some 20 or so yards away — West Hall defensive back Jacob Scarborough. For reasons Lowery will explain, he simply hurdled the diminutive defensive back, who was just beginning to break down into a tackling position.

“I thought he was going to cut me because I had run him over earlier in the game,” said Lowery, not surprisingly a high jumper and hurdler on the track team. “I didn’t feel like getting my knees hurt, so I just jumped.”

Lowery cleared Scarborough’s head without so much as a graze and rambled the rest of the way to the end zone. It wasn’t until well after the play that Lowery realized a flag had been thrown. Turns out it’s illegal to hurdle a defender.

“The whole team surrounded me, so it wasn’t until I got out of the end zone that I saw the flag,” said Lowery, who rushed for 121 yards and three touchdowns on the night. “I wasn’t sure what they called.”

Said Seagraves: “It is the rule and the rule is for the safety of the kids. We may not think it’s right. But the rule is the rule and we’re going to abide by the rules. The rule is in place to protect the hurdler.”

Nevertheless, the play produced some amazing footage, which had been viewed nearly 30,000 times by Wednesday morning.

Among those to see the video were Kentucky’s coaches.

“I talked to them after practice Monday,” Lowery said. “Somebody had sent them a link. They were excited and said they hoped I was going to bring that to Kentucky.”

As for how the video ended up on the World Wide Web, that remains a bit of a mystery. But Seagraves has a theory.

“I didn’t put it out there, but I have two sons on the team and I think they might have gotten hold of it and put it on YouTube,” he said.

Meanwhile, the leap has brought Lowery some renewed recruiting interest.

“All of them are continuing to recruit me,” he said of his many suitors. “But I think I’m going to stick with Kentucky.”

27 comments Add your comment

state

September 15th, 2010
8:19 am

dawgster

September 15th, 2010
8:37 am

if the dawgs come after him hard he would be a dawg…but i would admire him for sticking to his committment to kentucky as they came calling first…i have watched him play alot and he definately is an exciting athelete…not sure what the right position in college for him will be but he would be an asset to any team….go dawgs

MikeP

September 15th, 2010
9:15 am

He won’t go to Athens. It’s clear this guy likes his freedom, anybody that can fly like that does. Most that go to UGA have to do some jail time. I think that’s part of the credits needed to graduate up there. Kentucky is a much better fit for a decent kid like this one.

leroy

September 15th, 2010
9:27 am

MikeP in your ear. You are a dufus girl.

Right On Time

September 15th, 2010
9:36 am

That is some serious “ups”. It looks like Kentucky is getting a really good athlete.

However, I don’t think he will do something like that more than once in the SEC. Leaving
your feet and being exposed like that is a great way to get planted.

thom

September 15th, 2010
9:45 am

Hit the books hard – practice hard – pray hard. Good kid! http://www.wedgeorgia.com

UK THOROUGHBRED

September 15th, 2010
9:47 am

GO BIG BLUE!!!!!!!!!!!

White Co. Radio Guy

September 15th, 2010
9:57 am

Just like Coach Segraves said, he’s a great kid and a great athlete. It’s really been fun watching him play every friday night.

Flo-Ri-Duh!

September 15th, 2010
10:36 am

With Duh’Rick the Vols have another Reggie Bush clone… they will turn a blind eye to keep him on the field. and, like with Kiffin, they will pay for it with the NCAA later.

Glory, Glory

September 15th, 2010
10:37 am

If we offer he’ll be in Athens, just like james wilder & da’rick

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GT Sambo

September 15th, 2010
11:22 am

“I think I’m going to stick with Kentucky.”

I’d be interested to hear the way in which he said that, but it doesn’t exactly sound like an unwavering committment.

TheTaxJacket

September 15th, 2010
11:33 am

*** Nesbitt for Heismen ***

((( 45 – 42 )))

RxDawg

September 15th, 2010
12:16 pm

Woh leroy, careful with the language there bub. Okaly dokaly?

Barry Saggitarius

September 15th, 2010
12:36 pm

LOL still keeping that Nesbitt for Heisman stuff alive huh. You Tech guys are supposed to be smart, but seems like some of you missed the bus.

jauk11

September 15th, 2010
1:00 pm

Nice job by the linesman to call that with no hesitation. Not a play you see very often, I only saw it in one game in 33 years of high school officiating, three times in the same game by the same player. Too far downfield the first time for me to call but I flagged him the next two times and he gave it up.

Probably a lot of confusion and some copycatting from the videos of McAfee from Texas doing it many times in his highlight films a couple of years ago, it took me a while to figure out that he got away with it because it is legal in NCAA rules and Texas uses NCAA rules.

Probably a measure of how dangerous it is is that you never see it in college even though it is legal. If the defender had got a foot he would have probably corkscrewed headfirst into the ground from a pretty good height.

I sure hope Lowery honors his commitment, I think Joker will open up some eyes this year and especially next year. Quality staff with morals, unlike UT. Very disappointed in Dooley.

Gerald

September 15th, 2010
1:19 pm

So, Kentucky recruited an RB named Ashley (from White County no less). So, are offers to Skip, Biff, Hubert and Sheldon forthcoming?
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Just kidding. I will complain about the fact that this guy committed way back on August 7 and this is the first we’ve heard of him on this blog.
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Looks like Kentucky got another quality athlete from a state that produces a lot of them. I bet Kentucky gets more production out of their 3 star RBs than UGA does out of their 5 stars. UGA … where top rated RBs go on to rush for 700 yards per season at 3.9 per carry and fade into obscurity. Who would have ever thought that Spurrier would be better at running the football than the house that Vince Dooley and Herschel Walker built would … but they, that’s what you get when you hire an FSU guy to coach in the SEC.

Ramblin Man

September 15th, 2010
2:40 pm

Chip,
Do you know if CPJ has ever recruited TEs instead of WR to play the WR position? With the recent blocking problems I was just wondering if a TE would not be a better fit, like if Peek had stayed instead of transferring. He has great hands and could have easily block most DBs. I know you want speed to draw the CB and safety out sometimes, but I think with a decent stable of big yet athletic tight ends it seems that could be possible.

Nesbitt for Heismen

September 15th, 2010
3:39 pm

I didn’t know D-2 had a Heismen Trophy….ACC is looking weak as usual.

Nesbitt for Heismen

September 15th, 2010
3:39 pm

I didn’t know D-2 had a Heismen Trophy….ACC is looking weak as usual.

Special K

September 15th, 2010
4:15 pm

Live in White Co and go to the games. Here to tell you, if he were in the Metro-Atlanta area, he would be getting a great deal more attention. Most services have him listed 3-Star but I think it should be 4. I wish him the best. He is going to make some people wish they had offered him.

DVILLEPRO

September 15th, 2010
4:23 pm

KENTUCKY IS REALY GOING TO TURN HEADS OVER THE NEXT FEW YEARS. There recruiting is getting alot better because they can break down talent alot better it seems. UK has a chance this year to win 9 games easly because of the sch this year. They also only loose 3 or 4 starters this year with better talent taking there places… Kentucky got Sanders out of the south last year and in 2 years he will be a house hold name in the south.

PDF

September 15th, 2010
4:34 pm

Go Big Blue.

Gerald

September 15th, 2010
4:41 pm

Ramblin Man:
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The only thing that can fix the blocking problems is better OLs and more production from the passing game. I mean my goodness, Tech is running the triple option out of a spread offense (meaning no FBs or TEs) … you aren’t going to be able to pull that off against good defenses without future NFL players on the OL and a passing game that either makes the LBs and safeties defend the sidelines or makes them pay if they don’t. Like any other scheme, it’s the players. GT doesn’t have the horses that Nebraska did in the 90s or Oklahoma in the 80s, and won’t win big time until they do. That’s why I still say that GT needs some Rodney Garner, Ed Orgeron, Tracey Rocker and Lance Thompson type recruiters.

old schooler

September 15th, 2010
8:25 pm

I also live in white county and watch ashley play on friday nights,I played for white county back in the day,so I do know a little about football.I’ve known ashley since he was a small kid, my son went to school and played sports with ashley, and I’ll tell you he is a good kid, and a heck of an athlete, I agree if he lives in the metro area he gets recruited alot more. So I think if he ends up going to Kentucky they steal one of north georgia’s best athletes and a very good kid.So good luck Ashley wherever you end up, and always remember where you came from, You’ll be just fine!!!

Big Mac

September 15th, 2010
8:40 pm

He’s a good athlete, I’ll say that. I bet White County wishes they could play West Hall more often. West Hall is horrible.

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