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The Cardinal Countdown: 22 Days Until Kickoff

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#22 Yasir Abdullah

Class: Freshman

Ht/Wt: 6-1/205

Position: Linebacker

Hometown: Miami, FL

Twitter: @AbYasiir

Thoughts: One of the young men I’m most excited about in the #BirdGang18 class is Yasir Abdullah. Yasir is a 3-4 star linebacker out of Miami, FL who the Cards snatched away from LSU, Miami, Purdue, and USF among others. For those who may question the impact playing in big time games makes on a program, Yasir was quoted last year saying that watching Louisville (and Teddy Bridgewater) beat his home state Gators in the Sugar Bowl raised his interest in the program and had him learning more about a team that wasn’t even on his radar as kid growing up in the Miami area. Six years later Yasir is on campus and the Cards are still reaping the rewards of a game well executed and a performance the stunned many on the national stage. Big. Games. Matter. Just think about how many kids the Cards will pick up when they beat Bama in a few weeks.

Yasir, even though he is on the defensive side of the football, was another part of Petrino’s ‘Speed City’ initiative for the 2018 class. Yasir actually ran a 10.5 second 100m and a 21.2 second 200m in high school, speed you typically don’t see from the linebacker position. Back on NSD Petrino mentioned wanting to add some weight to his frame but not so much that he loses that all important first step and acceleration that made him one of the best linebackers in the country in this past year’s class. I’m excited because it’s not only his speed that makes him a threat but his awareness on the field and his ‘no fear’ approach to creating contact. Yasir finished his high school career with 20 (TWENTY!) sacks, constantly getting penetration and causing disruption. You actually feel sorry for the QB at times…

With the new rule this season allowing incoming freshman to play in four games without losing a year of eligibility be on the lookout for Petrino and his staff to systematically plug in guys here or there to give them reps and hopefully contribute in a time when the team might need a boost. Maybe Yasir isn’t ready to play consistently early in 2018, but with some extra weight and a better understanding of what to expect at the collegiate level you mean to tell me a human missile who can destroy opposing quarterbacks and get in the backfield consistently wouldn’t be a nice addition against Georgia Tech, or Boston College, or late in the year against Finley and NC State? I don’t anticipate Yasir being a household name when 2018 wraps up but keep an eye on his progression the next couple seasons. I think we’ve got a stud waiting to make his mark.

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