Kentucky defensive back Ashely Lowery seriously injured in car accident

Kentucky defensive back Ashely Lowery was seriously injured in a car accident (Photo courtesy 247Sports)

Kentucky defensive back Ashely Lowery was seriously injured in a car accident (Photo courtesy 247Sports)

Ashely Lowery started eight games as a true sophomore safety for the Kentucky Wildcats in 2012. However, the team, his family and the rest of Big Blue Nation are now simply praying he will be alright.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Lowery was involved in a single-car accident not far from his northeast Georgia home:

Ashely Lowery, 20, of Cleveland, was ejected and thrown about 100 feet from his 2006 Nissan Altima around 4 a.m., according to the Georgia State Patrol. Lowery was on Town Creek Road near Abb Helton Road in White County when the wreck occurred.

Investigators believe Lowery’s car left the roadway and overturned several times, Gordy Wright, GSP spokesman, said Saturday night. Lowery was not wearing a seatbelt, Wright said.

Lowery was transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville with serious injuries, Wright said. No one else was involved in the crash, he said.

It was not known late Saturday if the wet weather played a role in the crash, Wright said.

Lowery finished fifth on the team with 43 tackles a season ago, and was expected to play an integral role in newly hired coach Mark Stoops’ first defensive unit in Lexington.

However, as mentioned earlier, football is the furthest thing on anyone’s minds right now:

Wildcats athletic director Mitch Barnhart also implored the rest of Big Blue Nation to keep young Lowery in their thoughts and prayers.