When spring ball started, I had Robby Ashford as the fourth quarterback on the depth chart. I believed that Anthony Brown would win the starting job based off experience and Ty Thompson would be second because of his pure talent and the fact that he was enrolled early. Jay Butterfield’s size made him an intriguing third option but Ashford was the least-talked about.
Man, was I ever wrong.
Ashford stuck out like a sore thumb — in the best way possible — during the spring game as he was accurate and electric. He raised the ceiling of the offense tenfold strictly because the defense couldn’t sit back and let him pick them apart and they couldn’t step up to try and contain him in the pocket. It was either one or another and he took advantage.
The best athlete in the quarterback room is Ashford and he looked like the No. 2 option for the upcoming season, at the very worst.
If any quarterback improved his stock this spring, it was definitely Ashford.