Name: Richard Ash
Weight: 320 lbs.
High school: Pahokee High School in Pahokee, FL
Position: Defensive tackle
Class: Redshirt freshman
Jersey number: #54
Last year: I ranked Ash #71 and said he would redshirt. He redshirted.
Ash was listed at 263 lbs. as a recruit, which means he’s put on a ton of weight since his senior season of high school. That’s almost a 60-pound difference. His conditioning was reportedly an issue as a true freshman and one of the factors that prevented him from playing last year. Ash backed up both defensive tackle positions (1-tech and 3-tech) this spring, and contrary to what some people report from message boards, I haven’t heard much in the way of rave reviews. I haven’t heard bad things necessarily, but he just hasn’t been talked about much.
This fall it would be great if Ash could be a viable backup to Mike Martin at the nose tackle position. With William Campbell looking like the starter at 3-tech and Quinton Washington pushing for playing time at both positions, Ash could give the team a nice four-player rotation at the defensive tackle positions. Will Heininger is also a possibility inside, but he’s awfully light for a tackle at 267-ish pounds. All Ash needs to do is not get crushed backwards for a couple plays in a row, just to allow Martin to get a blow.
Prediction: Backup defensive tackle
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