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#53 Amonte Caban

Class: RS Freshman

Ht/Wt: 6-1/226

Position: Linebacker

Hometown: Smiths, AL

Twitter: @amonte_caban

Thoughts: I already spoke about Amonte briefly when covering Greenard back on Day 58 so if you read that post you already know that I think both have the potential to be significant contributors to the defense the next three to four years. Caban took a redshirt last season (due to depth and his size) but should see the field a fair amount in 2016. While I don’t think Kelsey or Stacy Thomas will lose their starting spots on the inside by any means, Caban has been running with the two’s now for quite some time. Fall camp may shift a few people around but Caban has the speed, the aggressiveness and now the weight (added 20+ pounds since arriving on campus) to compete for playing time when Kelsey and Thomas are unavailable.

For those who don’t recall, Caban was a great get for the Cards last year as a 3/4 star recruit from Alabama. The Cards (LD Scott specifically) beat out Clemson, Tennessee, and the team who appeared to be the long time front runner for Caban, South Carolina. A quick Google search of Amonte will pull up a few highlight videos but I enjoyed the one below where it’s nearly 15 minutes of Amonte crushing poor, innocent running backs and Quarterbacks. Don’t have 15 minutes to spare? I think the first minute is a sufficient recap of his ability to find the ball, take good angles, and then force you to express legitimate concern for the kid on the opposite end of hit he just landed…

I’m pumped we get to enjoy Keith roaming the middle for another season but please pay attention to Thomas, Caban, and Stewart as well this season as they’ll more than likely be running the show the next 2-3 years.

From what I’ve seen, I don’t expect that Louisville Defense to drop off much in the 3-4 years to come.

Sweet Tweet:

Maybe I’m just very cautious/easy on my cell phones but I think I’ve owned maybe 6 cell phones my entire life. I know I’m showing my age but I got my first cell phone as a senior in high school. (They were still fairly new even then, people still had pagers) If I do the math [….carry the 3, divide by 2, solve for x…] I’m on about a one cell phone per every 3 years average. For perspective, since I graduated high school, for college, jobs, etc I’ve actually lived in 7 different apartments and/or homes.

Conclusion: I change homes more frequently than I change cell phones.

Feel free to consult me with any large financial decisions you may face in the upcoming months. I've obviously got this stuff figured out...