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In which BracketCat counts down the 30th day until kickoff with a profile of offensive lineman Will Ash.


#70 Will Ash
Redshirt Freshman
6-2 | 338
Indianapolis, Ind.


Position: Offensive Line

Previous College: None

Projection: Third-String

Status: Walk-On

William Thomas Ash (b. Feb. 23, 1994) is a walk-on with a lot of potential who fell through the recruiting cracks and somehow ended up at K-State. He played right guard and left tackle at Cathedral High School. And he's huge.

Ash was the top performer in the bench press at the Colts Combine with 28 reps of 185 pounds. He helped to lead the Fighting Irish to a 12-3 record in 2011. He also threw the shot put (45-7) and discus (129-0) in track.

In addition to helping to lead this high school team to consecutive state titles as a junior and senior, Ash lettered in wrestling and track and field. His highlights can be viewed here, here and here.

Although he started for the White team in the spring game, which seems to suggest he's running with the twos, everyone was moved up a spot on the depth chart due to B.J. Finney's being held out with an undisclosed injury.

I tend to think Ash is the odd man out in the fall two-deep, running at No. 3 left tackle behind Cornelius Lucas and William Cooper. But for a redshirt freshman, that's not bad, and Cooper's never done much of anything anyway.