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The Cardinal Countdown:64 Days Until Kickoff

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#64 Gabe Ahner

Class: RS Junior

Ht/Wt: 6-3/289

Position: Offensive Line

Hometown: Okinawa, Japan


Thoughts: I feel like the Ahner brothers have been on Louisville’s roster for like 5 years. I think their story, moving to the states from Japan, is probably what stuck out to me when I first covered them back in 2013. It’s so rare to see that transition so I applaud both of them and their ability to stay on the team as walk-ons.

I predicted a shift last year for Gabe from defense to offense and the roster update appears to confirm the swap. Gabe has some size and if we need more depth anywhere it’s on the offensive line. I feel like I’m repeating myself over and over (19 straight linemen in the countdown will do that) but I honestly believe a lot of the second team spots are up for grabs with those front 5. Not to play spoiler for Day 59 but Gabe’s brother Aaron, who is still listed at defensive end, may have a much larger challenge trying to penetrate the two deep with that front three…they good. Real good

Sweet Tweet: Gabe and his brother attended Kadena High which is a DoDDs (Department of Defense Dependants) school as referenced in the article above. This gives me just as good an opportunity as any to post the video below as a tip of the cap to those serving every day to allow me to write insignificant blog posts such as this. I know having a young daughter has softened me up some but I’m proud to say I made it a solid 28 seconds into this video before completely losing it…

*I have no affiliation with the video above or any links contained there within. It was found with a generic YouTube search*