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Kentucky safety Lowery hospitalized after car crash

Kentucky Wildcats defensive back Ashely Lowery (5) runs with a punt return during the first quarter Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011 in Nashville, Tenn. Photo by Amy Wallot
Kentucky Wildcats defensive back Ashely Lowery (5) runs with a punt return during the first quarter Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011 in Nashville, Tenn. Photo by Amy Wallot Amy Wallot

University of Kentucky junior safety Ashely Lowery was in a serious automobile wreck early Saturday near his hometown of Cleveland, Ga. WKYT-TV reported on Twitter that Lowery was in critical but stable condition.

UK football spokesman Tony Neely said the university could not provide information on Lowery's condition. Lowery, a 6-foot-1, 219-pound safety, started eight games last season for the Cats.

Lowery, 20, was driving a 2006 Nissan Altima that left the road and flipped several times at about 4 a.m. on Town Creek Road in White County, Ga., according to the Georgia Department of Public Safety.

Lowery, who was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown about 100 feet from the car, according to an email from Gordy Wright, the department's public information director. Lowery was taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville, Ga., with "serious injuries," Wright said. No one else was involved. The hospital would not provide information about Lowery.

Coach Mark Stoops, who was at the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, was being kept apprised of the situation.

Lowery was fifth on the team in tackles with 43. He 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 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 cannot stop thinking about Lowery, whom he said he was with before the accident.

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