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27  Ashton Cobb
Ashton Cobb

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Alquippa, Pa.

High School:
Center

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 215

Position:
Strong Safety

Experience:
3L


Has been a part-time starter at strong safety ... Looking to secure the role on a full-time basis as a senior ... Also can play free safety if needed ... Has seen action in 37 career games, earning nine starts ... Has 90 career tackles.

2008 (Junior): Played in 11 games, making six starts ... Totaled 37 tackles ... Scored UK's first touchdown of the season on a 28-yard fumble return at Louisville ... Also recovered a fumble in the win over Arkansas ... Had season highs of six tackles against Georgia and Tennessee.

2007 (Sophomore): Made 42 tackles on the season, second among UK defensive backs ... Started two games, opening at free safety in place of the injured Marcus McClinton vs. LSU, then starting at strong safety vs. Florida ... Set a new career high with seven tackles in a gritty performance against LSU ... Matched the personal best with seven tackles at Vanderbilt ... Recorded his first career interception against Eastern Kentucky, then added another pickoff at Georgia.

2006 (Freshman): Saw action in all 13 games, including a start against Texas State ... Made a key play in the win over the Bobcats ... On the game's first possession, he knocked loose a fumble on fourth-and-goal at the one-yard line ... Made 11 tackles, including one for a loss.

High School: First-team all-state safety by The Associated Press ... Four-year letterman at Center HS in Monaca, Pa. ... Was a three-year starter at strong safety and two-year starter at fullback; also saw action as a punter ... Made 74 tackles his senior season, with four interceptions and five pass breakups ... Rushed for 110 yards and three touchdowns ... Two-year member of the all-area and all-conference teams ... Honorable-mention all-state as a sophomore ... Led team to two state playoff appearances during his career and also won the conference championship his senior season ... Rivals.com rated him as one of the top-30 players in talent-rich Pennsylvania and the nation's No. 53 safety prospect ... Coached by Larry Taddeo ... "I've never been around a kid with a work ethic like Ashton. He would come to me and ask for extra work," Taddeo said. "He's a great individual. He's a team player, 100 percent. As a coach, you wish you had 11 players on the field just like him." ... Member of the football team's "1200 Club" for weightlifting ... Top lifts include 370 pounds in the bench press and 465 in the squat ... Four-year letterman in track and field whose combination of speed and strength is exemplified by his events - the 100-meter dash, 4x100-meter relay, shot put, and javelin throw ... Third in the state in the shot put as a junior and senior ... Member of the Spanish Club, an honors chorus group, and serves on the stage crew in the school's theater productions ... Picked Kentucky over Cincinnati, Akron, Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan, and Indiana; an early commit to the Wildcats, he also was receiving interest from several other schools.

Personal: Born in Aliquippa, Pa. ... Son of Wayne Bradley and Gayle Barnard Cobb ... Major is community communications and leadership development.

2014 National Signing Day Commonwealth Stadium