One of two senior starting wide receivers ... Very quick, runs good routes and can make big plays ... Expected to provide leadership to the offense ... An offensive playmaker ... Finished with the second-most receptions (32) and third-most receiving yards (421) on the team last year ... Led the team in touchdowns (6) and tied with tight end Shawn Nelson for most receiving touchdowns (5) ... One of four Golden Eagles to post a 100-yard receiving game in 2005, finishing with 103 yards against
Houston (11/13) ... One of four Golden Eagle receivers to post two touchdowns in a game last year ... Came to Southern Miss last season after helping Pearl River Community College to a national championship in 2004 ... One of three players on the team from Hattiesburg (John McMahan and Cody Hull) ... Named the team's Offensive Player of the Week following the Houston game (11/13) ... 2006 Preseason Honors: Named All-Conference USA by Phil Steele's (third team) ... 2005 (Jr.): Played in all 12 games, and started three ...
Finished the season with 32 catches for 421 yards, an average of 13.2 yards per catch ... Ranked No. 25 in Conference USA in receptions per game (2.91) ... Ranked No. 23 in Conference USA in receiving
yards per game (38.27) ... Scored five receiving touchdowns on the year ... Posted a long catch of 41 yards against Houston ... Finished with two catches for 23 yards in the New Orleans Bowl (12/20) ... Had two rushes for 43 yards, averaging 21.5 yards per rush ... Scored one rushing touchdown on a 34-yard run against UAB (10/21) ... Posted career and season-highs in catches (7),
yardage (103) and touchdowns (2) against Houston ... He recorded the first two touchdowns of his career
against UAB on a 34-yard reverse run and a 14-yard
receiving touchdown... Caught four catches for 69 yards and one touchdown against Memphis (11/19) ... Four catches for 53 yards and one touchdown against N.C. State (10/29) ... Had three catches for 31 yards and one touchdown against UAB ... Scored single touchdowns against UAB, N.C. State, and Memphis ... Made his first catches against McNeese State (9/17), finishing with three for 32 yards ... Junior College: Two-year starter at Pearl River Community College for Coach Tim Hatten ... Helped lead Pearl River to a 12-0 record, the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges State Championship and the National Junior College Athletic Association National Championship in 2004 ... Finished his sophomore season with 51 catches
for 753 yards, an average of 14.8 yards per catch and scored five touchdowns ... Prep: Three-year
letterwinner at tailback for Coach Clemon Ector at
Hattiesburg High School ... As a senior, finished with 814 yards on 132 carries for 6.5 yards per carry and scored 16 touchdowns ... He finished No. 21 in the state in rushing yards as a senior ... Also had a kickoff return for a touchdown ... Named all-district and all-area ... Fourth-leading scorer in the state in Class 5A as a senior with 102 points ... Also lettered in baseball ...
Personal: Son of Leonard Ashford and Latonyia Barnes ... Majoring in business administration ... Born April 22, 1985.
2005 Receiving Statistics (Catches-Yds.-TD-LP):
Alabama 0-0-0-0; McNeese State 3-32-0-16; East
Carolina 1-10-0-10; Tulsa 0-0-0-0; UCF 2-33-0-17; UAB
3-31-1-14; N.C. State 4-53-1-21; Marshall 2-18-0-10;
Houston 7-103-2-41; Memphis 4-69-1-30; Tulane 4-49-
0-19; Arkansas State 2-23-0-12