Cougar Comments: Luke Ashworth

Each day this week, TBS will feature a current or future Cougar. On tap are Cameron Jensen, Luke Ashworth, David Oswald, K.C. Bills, Joe Griffin and Moa Peaua. First up is Cougar-to-be Luke Ashworth.

Total Blue Sports bumped into 2005 Cougar recruit Luke Ashworth on the field at LaVell Edwards Stadium after the 2005 Blue-White game. At the time, Ashworth was just taking in the scene and imagining how it will feel when he is a player and not a spectator.

When asked what he thought of the event, Ashworth simply stated, "I'm really excited to be here."

Ashworth is even more excited to begin fall camp as an official member of the BYU football team. He did not know the exact number of days until he can suit up in Cougar blue, but he knows what he has to do in the meantime.

"I've got a couple of months, that's all I know," said Ashworth. "After I graduate, I'll be out here working my butt off."

Ashworth regularly attended spring practice sessions in hopes that he can be as prepared as possible to play at the next level. The multitalented athlete came away from the practices pleased with what he observed.

"I'm seeing a whole different direction for BYU," Ashworth said. "I think we are going to do great. At practices everyone is flying around and working hard."

Ashworth was first recruited to be a wide receiver in Gary Crowton's offense, however, the change in head coach led to a change in offensive scheme. The move to a new system was a positive one as far as Ashworth was concerned.

"I'm way more excited," said Ashworth of the new offense. "Coach Anae's system gives the receivers an opportunity to get open, so I like it a lot more."

Inspired by the immediate impact made by his freshman receiver predecessor, Austin Collie, Ashworth wants to come right in and make his own statement on the field.

"I want to have my shot at playing," said Ashworth. "I'm going to be competing for the Z receiver, so hopefully I'll be able to contribute."

Interestingly, Ashworth will be competing against Austin Collie's brother Zac for playing time this fall. Joe Griffin is at the top of the depth chart for the Z receiver position.

Ashworth will have a readymade support system when he arrives at BYU this fall. Three of Ashworth's teammates from Timpview High School's state championship team also signed letters of intent to play for BYU. Cornerback Stephen Covey and running back Harvey Unga will report to campus with Ashworth. Lineman Matt Reynolds is currently preparing to enter the LDS Missionary Training Center where he will learn German prior to serving a mission in Germany.

Ashworth is eager to continue playing with the "Thunderbird Four."

"I'm excited," he said. "They are good guys. It is going to be fun working with them again."

Cougar fans will be interested to know what Ashworth's plans are for missionary service. At the moment, Ashworth plans on leaving to serve a mission immediately after the conclusion of the fall semester.

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