[Mary Beth Nolan for Shaw Media]
To Hahn, it could be an advantage – pointing to leverage and getting his pad level lower than taller opponents. The mentality of a competitor then comes into play.
"If you think 'Oh, I see a six-[foot]-three guy in front of me, he's gonna kill me every play then you're going to get killed," Hahn continued. "You're not going to win every play, but [if] you win most of them, you compete and [you can get close to doing so]."
Hahn's sophomore year proved to be a learning experience. Opposite recent Kaneland graduate Matthew Payton, who now plays collegiately at Augustana College, Hahn drew the tough opposing edge rushers – learning on the fly against eventual Division I and II talents.
"It was tough my sophomore year. I stuck with it," Hahn said. "I knew if I wasn't in the weight room, if I didn't study our film...it would continue to be like that."