From Bambi to Buck; Ashley poised to lead talented receiving corps
By Will Rasmussen
Numbers don’t lie, and if that is any indication, redshirt sophomore wide receiver Ka’Ron Ashley is poised for a breakout season come this fall. Finishing his sophomore campaign with 478 receiving yards and 6 TD, Ashley established himself as a red-zone threat with sure hands towards the end of the 2017 season.
Ashley, who is known by his teammates as “bambi” solidified himself as a “buck” as he scored 4 touchdowns in the first five games alone last fall.
“I don’t really see myself as a buck yet,” Ashley said. “I should be there soon, I have a lot to prove this year.”
Ashley was given the nickname of “bambi” by coach Jammie Deese his freshman year. It has not been a huge surprise that he has matured into the player that he is today, emerging as a leader of a very talented receiving corps.
Ashley finished second on the team in reception yards in 2017 behind Antoine Griffin (898, 4TD.) He led all receivers with his six touchdown receptions. This, again, surprised no one.
Just two years ago, UWF Assistant Sports Information Director Murphy Powell recalled a conversation with UWF football graduate assistant Kendric Cook. Cook praised Ashley in 2016 about the bright future he was sure to have as an Argonaut.
“Ka’Ron Ashley,” Cook said to Powell. “He is a player to watch out for.”
Ashley has big goals for his redshirt sophomore year, but it is his character and his ability to play any role that sets him apart from others.
“I want to do whatever it takes for my team to win,” Ashley said. “Whatever role I need to play in the receiving corps, that’s what I’m going to do.”
Ashley did just that in 2017. He played arguably the biggest role last fall. As they say, big time players make big time plays, in big time games. One of those moments for Ashley came against GSC foe West Alabama in the Super Regional Two Championship.
Ashley hauled in six receptions for 138 yards and a touchdown. It was a career day for Ashley, highlighted by a 43-yard reception in the fourth quarter that would set up a Chris Schwartz touchdown to ensure a 28-21 win for the Argos.
It is safe to assume that Ashley is looking forward to facing the corners from Livingston next year.
“West Alabama and West Georgia,” Ashley said. “I am looking forward to those matchups next year.
Ashley and the rest of the Argos open the season at home against Carson-Newman August 30 at Blue Wahoos Stadium.