Kentucky officials confirmed junior safety Ashely Lowery was in a serious automobile accident on Friday night near his hometown of Cleveland, Ga.
The condition of Lowery, a 6-foot-1, 219-pound safety who started eight games last season for the Cats, is not known, football spokesman Tony Neely told the Herald-Leader.
Lowery is in the hospital, but his condition is unknown.
“I don’t have any details at this point,” Neely said. “We’re still in the process of gathering information.”
New coach Mark Stoops, who is at the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, is being kept apprised of the situation.
Lowery started eight games last season for UK and was fifth on the team in tackles with 43. He had a career-high nine tackles against Vanderbilt and an interception. Lowery has been touted by the coaching staff as one of the defense’s emerging leaders.
Several players, both past and present, took to Twitter on Saturday afternoon to offer up prayers and well wishes for the safety from Cleveland, a small town in the far northeastern corner of Georgia.
“Prayers up for Ashely Lowery,” junior linebacker Tre Dunn tweeted. “He was in a car accident and is in ICU! Please take a moment to pray for a healthy and speedy recovery.”
Former UK player Martavius Neloms tweeted that he was struggling to hold back tears and can’t stop thinking about Lowery, whom he said he was with before the accident.
Kentucky officials said they’re monitoring the situation and may release more details if they become available.