Diamond in the Rough: Ashton Murphy

Ashton Murphy is a three-star Lineman from Elkhorn South High School in Omaha, NE. Ashton, playing both on offense and defense, has recently moved to entirely playing on defense since he committed to be a Nebraska Cornhuskers. With his long body build, Ashton has been a massive part of the Storms’ offensive and defensive lines. Graduating in the class of 2024, Ashton is trying to improve his skills and continue his knowledge during his senior year to help him in the next level. I got to talk to Ashton recently and asked him about the past, present, and future of his football career and more. This is what he had to say:

Q: When did you start playing football?

“I first started playing tackle football in the 3rd grade.”

Q: What other sports do you play and what do you like about them?

“I played baseball and basketball up until freshman year of high school, when I decided to focus mainly on football. I also decided to throw shotput. I enjoyed all these sports because of the competition needed.”

Q: What are your biggest strengths on the football field?

“My biggest strength on the field is my speed and awarness.”

Q: What are your personal goals for the season?

“My goal this season are to continue to get better at improving my technique and to also keep improving my football knowledge.”

Q: Outside of football what are some of your hobbies?

“Outside of football, I enjoy going to other sporting events, fishing, and spending time with my friends.”

Q: What is your favorite football memory of all time?

“My favorite memory of football was being a three year undefeated team in a snow game while in the 5th grade.”

Q: Who would you say your biggest role model is?

“I would say my parents are my biggest role models.”

Q: Are there any current NFL or college players that you like to study their film or model your game after?

“Aaron Donald would be my answer because I like how explosive and quick he is off the ball.”

Q: What made you want to choose Nebraska as the college you will be attending?

“Nebraska felt like the best place for me. Everytime I visited I felt welcomed and an important part of the program’s future.”

Q: Are there any aspects of your game that you have worked on this past offseason?

“This past off season my biggest improvement has been with my hands.”

Q: How important do you think footwork is to your positions?

“I think footwork is very important because it helps you set up to get outside or even to get off of blocks.”

Q: So, I know you play on both sides of the ball, but do you have a preference of which position you like better?

“I don’t have a fovorite to either side of the ball I really enjoy both.”

Q: Next season with Nebraska, are you going to be playing on the offensive line or defensive line, or is it still up in the air?

“I am going to be with the defensive line for Nebraska next season.”

Q: Do you think playing on the offensive line has helped your rushing ability on defense?

“Yes, I think it has helped me because I’m able to understand more technique that offensive line uses and how to counter them.”

Q: What’s your overall team goal for the season?

“The overall goal for the team this year is to win the championship.”

Q: When playing defensive line do you have a preference on which side you are on? Why?

“No, I don’t have a preference. I play both strong side and weak side on defense.”

Q: What is one thing you are looking forward to playing football at the next level?

“One thing that I’m looking forward to is the people and the connections I can make with my teammates.”