Author: Cody Pestino

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Writer for Gridiron Heroics since March 2024, covering all things Sports Betting, The Ohio State Buckeyes, Arizona Cardinals, and other NFL and NCAA topics. Recent graduate from The Ohio State University.

The Arizona Cardinals begin organized team activities (OTAs) this week, and one of the biggest questions heading into the season is who will be starting at left tackle following DJ Humphries’s departure. Head coach Jonathan Gannon answered that question in his pre-OTA press conference when he announced that Paris Johnson Jr, sixth overall pick from a season ago, would be sliding over to left tackle and former Cincinnati Bengal Jonah Williams would be the new right tackle. Gannon’s full press conference is linked below.  Paris Johnson Jr’s Versatility Is a Strength for the Arizona Cardinals One of the reasons the…

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The 2024 UFL regular season is nearing an end as we enter Week 8. The playoffs are starting to take form, and some teams can make a jump in the standings. There is still plenty to play for teams out of the playoff race as players will try to put out the best of their abilities on film in hopes of receiving an NFL training camp invite. Here is a betting preview for the UFL in Week 8. UFL Week 8: Memphis Showboats @ Michigan Panthers Game Lines: Panthers -8.5; Total: 47.5 The first matchup this weekend is the (1-6)…

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As expected EA Sports would be releasing a lot of news regarding College Football 25. Last week when the deluxe edition cover leaked,  a countdown was shown on the EA Sports website on an announcement coming later in the week. That announcement came today when EA Sports announced College Football 25 would be released on July 19, 2024, on Xbox Series X/S, and PlayStation 5. Along with the release date we saw the main cover of the game and pre-order/deluxe edition bonuses. The main cover will feature Texas quarterback Quinn Ewers, Colorado cornerback and wide receiver Travis Hunter, and Michigan…

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In the new era of College Football, it is never too early to start recruiting, and Ohio State proved that on May 13, offering someone who has never played a snap of high school football yet. Ohio State wide receiver coach Brian Hartline offered Eric McFarland, who will be attending IMG Academy in Florida next season. McFarland is the first and only recruit offered by the Buckeyes in the 2028 class. McFarland Impressed Ohio State in 7-on-7 Camps Exactly how does a player who hasn’t played a snap of high school football get an offer from a big-time college football…

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The Ohio State Buckeyes will be entering their 3rd season under Defensive Coordinator Jim Knowles, and the defense is starting to take shape. After a year of growing pains in 2022, the Buckeye defense responded with a great season in 2023. Returning similar faces and bringing in new transfers, the defensive depth chart becomes clearer as we exit spring practices. Edge DE: 1. Jack Sawyer – 2. Caden Curry – 3. Mitchell Melton DE: 1. JT Tuimoloau – 2. Kenyatta Jackson Jr. – 3. Eddrick Houston The most important position for the Buckeyes is on the edge where they return…

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Spring practices have concluded for the Ohio State Buckeyes, and we are beginning to see a clear picture of what the starting offense will look like under new offensive coordinator Chip Kelly. In an offseason where the Buckeyes didn’t see as many departures as they usually do yearly, there were still some questions to be answered on the offensive side of the ball. With key players transferring in, and former quarterback Kyle McCord to Syracuse, the Buckeye offense will look different in 2024. Quarterback 1. Will Howard – 2. Devin Brown – 3. Julian Sayin While the Ohio State Buckeyes…

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Ohio State added a potential starting punter on May 12, adding former University at Buffalo starting punter Anthony Venneri as a walk-on transfer, via the transfer portal. Venneri was the starting punter for Buffalo the last two seasons and significantly improved from year one to year two. Ohio State’s former starting punter Jesse Mirco transferred to Vanderbilt this offseason. Sophomore punter Joe McGuire, an Aussie-style punter is currently slated to be the starter, but we’ll see if Venneri can make a run for the starting spot. Ohio State Needs to Improve Their Special Teams Unit In 2023 Ohio State’s special…

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A little over the halfway mark of the UFL season, teams have begun positioning themselves for a playoff push. The Birmingham Stallions lead the USFL conference and the  St. Louis Battlehawks lead the XFL division. On Sunday, May 12, we have two tight contests that can prove pivotal as we creep closer to the playoffs. UFL Week 7: Michigan Panthers @ DC Defenders Game Lines: Defenders -1.5; Total: 43 The 4-2 Michigan Panthers will travel to Washington DC to take on the 3-3 DC Defenders in a tightly contested matchup. The Panthers are looking to remain in second place in…

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EA Sports College Football 25 (CFB 25) is arguably the most anticipated sports video game of all time just gave their fans something to be very excited about. On April 29, Matt Brown of Extra Points reported some info about the cover stating: “There are multiple cover athletes since EA is releasing multiple versions of the video game. Each cover athlete is a current college football player who plays in a different power conference. There was plenty of internet speculation that the cover athlete could potentially be a coach (Nick Saban?), or any number of athletes that played during the years the game…

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With the consistent turnover, we see at the running back position, having depth at the running back in fantasy football is key for league winners. Even in a down year in terms of the rookie running back draft class, there is still value out there as injuries, bye weeks, and transactions occur during an NFL season. We have also seen the committee-style backfield become more popular in the NFL, increasing the amount of fantasy-relevant running backs per season. Rookie Running Back 1: Jonathon Brooks, Carolina Panthers Jonathon Brooks of the Carolina Panthers is the best rookie running back in fantasy…

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