Toombs County High School senior Ashlee Ashley is determined to be successful at his next opportunity to play football. Ashlee has signed to play for the University of the Cumberlands in Kentucky.
“The reason why I wanted to play college football is because I don’t want to let my family down,” Ashley said. “I’ve got stuff I have to prove and that is just another four more years of having fun.”
The challenge for any freshman entering a new program is to deal with the depth chart. “I want to at least come in and show them that I am a person that you want to play. I know they have pretty talented people, but I am not worried about that. You got to put up or shut up,” Ashley said.
Ashley’s accomplishments on the field as a Bulldog include being named Honorable Mention All-Region 2 as a junior. In a game against powerhouse Benedictine he caught five passes for 106-yards. In 2018 he improved his game and was named First Team All-Region 2 as a defensive back.
In 2018 Ashlee tallied a season-high 11 tackles against Vidalia and averaged 4.1 tackles per game.
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Ashlee says playing for head coach Ritchie Marsh and his staff has prepared him for the next level. “It prepared me mentally. It was just a mindset. I became a grown young man. It teaches you how to grow up and how to be successful.” Skill wise Ashley says excellent coaching has improved his game. “My game is a lot better. Catching the ball, breaking it, coming back downfield, my hips, my pad level. Everything that you can know about coach Marsh it is good, you just learn it.”
Even though Ashley has two-way skill as a player he prefers to play defense and his goal is to be a hard hitting safety.
The University of the Cumberlands is a NAIA school which plays in the Mid-South Conference. Last season the Patriots went 10-2 as they defeated Pikeville 49-13 in the first round of the playoffs before losing 48-41 at Benedictine (Kansas) to end the season.