#9 - DE. Barry Ashmore
Coming in at #9 on the list for the Red Dragons last season is defensive end Barry Ashmore. Going into last season the jury seemed to be out on Ashmore, through the seasons he was with Coach Davis on this Red Dragons defense Ashmore was looked at as a replaceable asset. In a contract year, Davis and the Red dragons challenged him to step up and it started with trading away fellow End in Mike Luke (sent to the Chicago Tigers). It would be his time to prove his worth, not just in being a good player and a piece on the Red Dragons defense but someone who you could not miss when you watch the film
The Red Dragons did go heavy in trying to get younger on the dline by drafting standout DE Willie Nellie and OLB. Jaquan Taylor-Looby. These additions were not a threat to Ashmore as he was determined to stay on the field and be the force that Red Dragons needed him to be
The Red Dragons defense has been known for stifling defense that comes from delivering hard hits, assignment discipline and a team effort mentality. Ashmore just carries that attitude with him and that's what allows him to be a Dog on this Red Dragons defense.
The 6’7” 292 pounder was able to come away with 32 tackles and 4 forced fumbles on the season, he kept himself in the opposing teams backfield constantly creating havoc whether he was making the play or assisting in it. His relentless effort to better his pass rushing ability is what allowed him to make the Red Dragons Impact Player list. Ashmore ended the season with 10 sacks that included 4 multiple sack games.
He has solidified his spot along this defensive front and on this defense by betting on himself and knowing what the team needed from him. Everything paid off for him as he was rewarded with a 4-year contract extension, we hope to see him on this list next year as he looks to build upon the year he had.
Who will be #8?