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Countdown Schmountdown: #87

The atomic clock actually says that we have just 87 days until the Ducks hit the blue turf (hard).

So, today we'll continue our countdown by briefly highlighting the Bronco player with the jersey number that corresponds with the number of days remaining till the opener. Sorry there isn't a more clear and concise way to explain that.

Today, I'm going to have to do something a little bit different. You see, Boise State does not have every number from 1 to 99 assigned as of today (and all other days where this occurs) I will highlight a walk-on or new addition to the team that could have the number that we've currently landed on. If that made any sense to you at all, we'll move right along.

#87 Gabe Linehan, TE/LB/Anything he wants

Gabe Linehan has football in his blood. The 6'4" 205 lb. athlete's brothers were both lineman at Oregon and Oregon State...his uncle Scott played and coached in the Vandal "system" before landing at the helm of the St. Louis Rams, his late father, Ron, was a three-time All-Big Sky pick for the Vandals. Yes, football is a bit of a family business for the Linehans...and Gabe will be in the business of winning at Boise State. Gabe, who played quarterback and linebacker at Banks High School (Oregon), was presumably recruited to play tightend for the Broncos—a safe bet, unless he gets hit by the growth spurt that his 300 lb. older brothers endured. Linehan has the frame, and the precedent, to be a big boy—something his athleticism and versatility could make deadly.

Linehan was an All-Conference performer his junior and senior seasons at Banks High. As a senior, he passed for 2,500 yards and 23 TDs, while only tossing up 6 INTs. He rushed for another 9 TDs from his QB post and then proceeded to make 130 tackles (18 for loss) and 3 sacks as a linebacker. It's no mystery why the Broncos decided to award Linehan a scholarship, but it remains a mystery just where we'll see him play first. Linehan has stated that he'd like to put on about 40 lbs. (of muscle, I'd wager)...which would make him a 6'4" 245 lb. tightend (?) who can tuck and run...that seems like enough to make the Vandals abandon their nostalgic ponderings at the familiar surname. This Linehan is a Bronco...and he's going to be a good one.