Author: Drew Crabtree, Lead Editor

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Drew is the Lead Editor for Gridiron Heroics. In addition, Drew is the Managing Editor at LWOSports.com, Editor at LWOS NFL, and Ohio State Beat Writer at LWOS College Football. He earned his Bachelor's degree from UT Permian Basin and his Master's from Arizona State.

Organized Team Activities (OTAs) are set to kick off soon in Cincinnati and there will be a familiar face missing from the festivities. Tee Higgins, the Bengals star receiver heading into his fifth season, is not expected to attend OTAs. To this point, he hasn’t signed his Franchise Tag. So, technically, he can’t attend even if he wants to. Bengals Star Receiver To Skip OTAs Objectively, this decision is not much of a surprise. OTAs are just that: optional. While it would be ideal that Higgins attends and gets back in the thick of things with Joe Burrow, OTAs are…

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Fans of sports have had a history of less-than-ideal behavior. It doesn’t matter if it’s the U8 rec league, NCAA basketball, or the Olympics, fans behave in an embarrassing fashion. Some rec leagues have gone so far as to put up signs to remind parents and families that players, coaches, and umpires/referees are still human and don’t deserve the abuse often hurled toward them. On May 18, the NCAA released a damning report when it comes to fan behavior and betting. Evidently, about one in three “high-profile” athletes receive abusive messages. These messages could range from light trolling to as…

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College players are still young adults. Through all of the hoopla of the transfer portal, it’s a fact that is often overlooked. Athletes are often sold promises to which coaches end up failing to follow through. It’s not often a player jumps into the transfer portal and jumbles around before settling down. However, it’s happened a few times this offseason. Perhaps one of the best examples of this is MAC running back, Rashad Amos. MAC Running Back Rashad Amos Finds a New Home in the SEC It’s been a hell of a journey for Amos. Coming out of high school,…

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Unless you were a massive fan of mid-week #MACtion or attended one of the Mid-American Conference schools, you wouldn’t know much about the Bowling Green State Falcons. BGSU has had 80 former players hear their name in the NFL Draft and even has a first-round alumnus (Bernie Casey to the San Francisco 49ers in 1961). Since the turn of the century, the Falcons have only had seven draft picks and a fourth-rounder was the highest. They were kept off the board in 2024 after sending Karl Brooks to Green Bay in 2023, who immediately made a mark. When it comes…

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The dust has hardly settled on the 2024 NFL Draft and fans and analysts alike have already fired up the 2025 NFL Mock Draft machines! 2024 is set to be a pivotal one for the Cincinnati Bengals as they look to take advantage of the Joe Burrow-led Super Bowl window while still having most of the core still intact. 2024 is the last year before Burrow’s cap hit jumps to over $46 million and continues to climb to a peak of over $68 million in 2029. If they’re going to continue to be among the league’s elite, the franchise needs…

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While there is no hard science to support the claim, a player’s number speaks to how their career will go. A running back wearing a 40s number? Sorry, no star power. Again, there really is nothing to backup the feeling but it’s a common one. Now that the dust has settled, the Cincinnati Bengals rookies are in town and have their new numbers assigned! With 10 new Bengals incoming, there had to be some difficult decisions. For some, it’s a chance to make the number synonymous with their name. For others, they have some large shoes to fill. These things…

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The transfer portal is an incredible invention that has revolutionized the college football landscape. On one hand, it’s done a great job of giving players the same freedom that they get to see their coaches enjoy. They can up and leave bad or unadvantageous situations for what they would believe to be a better situation. On the other hand, it has resulted in a sort of poaching system for larger programs to pick through and essentially drain the Group of 5 of its talent. We’ve seen a number of top-end G5 talents leave their programs to mid-tier Power 4 programs…

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We are a week away from the 2024 NFL Draft and the Cincinnati Bengals are in prime position to improve from their fourth-place result in the AFC North. At 18 overall, the Bengals have a wealth of options. Lance McAlister of 700WLW in Cincinnati shared the likelihood of five players to be the Cincinnati Bengals’ first-round selection. Due to the unpredictable nature of the NFL Draft paired with the fact that there will be a handful of high-end players available at 18, your guess is as good as ESPN’s computers. These five players, while being the most likely, combine for…

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Earning a football scholarship is tough. Earning an Ohio State football scholarship is tougher. Being able to walk on to the Ohio State football team is just as difficult. The program is not open to just any athlete, so some have had to take creative routes to make their dreams come true. For the first time since 2019, a member of the Ohio State Club Football team earned the right to walk-on for the official Ohio State football team. It was announced during the Buckeyes’ Spring Game on April 13 that defensive back Glorien Gough earned a walk-on spot with…

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Earning the opportunity to be the Ohio State starting quarterback is a prestigious honor. In the Ryan Day era, there have been two NFL-worthy quarterbacks, and then Kyle McCord in 2023. Ohio State is desperately looking to get back to elite quarterback play so they went out and earned the commitment of Kansas State’s Will Howard. Howard has been the presumptive favorite to end up as the Buckeyes’ starting quarterback with how Devin Brown and Lincoln Kienholz struggled in the Cotton Bowl. Add in the fact that two true freshmen, no matter how highly ranked they are, round out the…

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