- Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall, 2011; Spring, 2012)
Defensive end Walker Ashburn will look to earn playing time in a new-look Nebraska defensive front in 2013. The Huskers graduated three of their top four ends from last season, giving the 6-2, 260-pound Ashburn an opportunity to see action in 2013.
Ashburn has added depth on the defensive front throughout his Nebraska career, seeing limited action last fall. Ashburn came to Nebraska from John Curtis High School in River Ridge, La., one of the dominant prep programs in the state of Louisiana.
Ashburn was a reserve defensive end and played in Nebraska's wins over Idaho State and Minnesota. He had two tackles against Idaho State, including sharing a sack in the fourth quarter.
2011 (Redshirt Freshman)
Ashburn added depth on the defensive line. While he did not see action in a game, he did make the travel roster late in the season when NU was battered with injuries.
Ashburn redshirted and worked on Nebraska’s scout team defensive unit.
Before Nebraska (John Curtis HS)
Ashburn's play as a senior helped Coach J.T. Curtis' team to a runner-up finish in the Class 2A state playoffs. The loss in the state title game prevented John Curtis from winning a sixth straight state title. Ashburn was a key player in the success, racking up 95 tackles and 16 sacks in 2009. His play earned him Louisiana Class 2A Defensive MVP honors. He also earned first-team all-state honors, as well as first-team all-metro and all-district accolades.
Ashburn also excelled as a junior, helping his team to a state championship. Asburn made 90 tackles, had 12 sacks and three forced fumbles in 2008. Ashburn was a four-year starter for John Curtis, and as a sophomore he was named MVP of the state championship game.
Ashburn was regarded as one of the top 40 players in the state of Louisiana by Rivals.com and among the top 25 players in the state by SuperPrep Magazine. Ashburn was a high school teammate of Nebraska sophomore safety P.J. Smith. Ashburn also competed for his high school track team and was strong in the classroom, carrying better than a 3.6 grade-point average. He only visited Nebraska, but had numerous offers including Oklahoma State and Stanford.
Walker is the son of Terry and Desiree Ashburn, and he was born on May 22, 1991. Walker’s father works in the New Orleans Saints organization. Ashburn is majoring in communication studies and has twice been named to the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll. He has volunteered his time with team hospital and school visits and the Husker Heroes program.
Games Played-2 in 2012
Tackles-1 UT, 1 AT, 2 TT in 2012
Sacks-0.5-0 vs. Idaho State