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In which BracketCat counts down the 70th day until kickoff with a profile of offensive lineman Will Ash.


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


Position: Offensive Line

Previous College: None

Projection: Second-String

Status: On Scholarship

William Thomas Ash (b. Feb. 23, 1994) is a big offensive lineman who has developed during the last two seasons and provides depth. A former walk-on, he was awarded a scholarship following the 2013 season.

After redshirting in 2012, Ash played in 11 games — including each of the final six — on field-goal protection and as a reserve offensive lineman. He has a lot of potential, but fell through the recruiting cracks and ended up at K-State.

Although he played right guard and left tackle at Cathedral High School, Ash currently is slotted in as the backup left guard for the 2014 season, based on his starting for the White team in the spring game. 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 his 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, here and here.

He must be doing something right to earn a scholarship so quickly. This was the first year he could be awarded one without counting back against the 25-scholarship limit per class, since he now has been in school for two full years.