Though he split carries for much of the season with Lorenzo Alexander, now a Southern Nazarene freshman, Northwest Classen's Fre'Darian Ashley showed that he is a legitimate Class 5A running back.
He'll be the focal point of an offense that hopes to take another step forward after a 4-6 season that was one of the Knights' best in recent history. He'll also start at safety on defense.
Q: Do you feel like this team can take another step forward after last season's performance?
A: Yes. If I had to rate us, I'd give us about a 7 out of 10. I think we're going to keep moving forward and be even better this year. Our linemen are getting better, and we just need to keep working together with them and we'll be OK.
Are you ready for the extra workload at running back with Alexander gone?
I got a lot of work in last year. By the end of the season, I was getting a lot of playing time, so I feel like I can handle the extra work.
Where do you see the strongest area of the defense?
I see our strength as linebackers and safeties. A lot of us played last year and we work good together. We'll be even better this season.