Author: Kaushik Sampath

Kaushik Sampath has been writing for Gridiron Heroics since July 2022. He mostly covers the Arkansas Razorbacks and Stanford Cardinal. Kaushik is currently an undergraduate student studying Computer Science and Chemistry.

No. 19 Arkansas defeated No. 23 Cincinnati 31-24 in a nail-biter for Hog fans. QB KJ Jefferson had a huge game, accumulating over 295 total yards and four touchdowns. RB Raheim Sanders put up 117 yards on 20 carries. For Cincinnati, QB Ben Bryant had a solid game after struggling in the first quarter. Bryant collected 325 yards passing and 2 touchdowns. Tyler Scott led the Bearcats in receiving, getting 5 catches for 77 yards. First Half: Arkansas capitalizes on opportunities The first half was a slow for both teams. Both offenses struggled and weren’t effective throwing the ball downfield.…

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In this installation of Arkansas Film Study, we’ll be going over Arkansas’ Guard Tackle Trap Option play. Similar to other option plays, the guard tackle trap option tries to give the offense a numbers advantage by effectively taking out one defender from the play. How does the Guard Tackle Trap Option work? The Guard Tackle Trap Option is similar to a regular trap play, except that both the tackle and guard will pull around. The play side of the offensive line will apply down blocks toward the defensive lineman. The weak side guard will pull and then kick out the…

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The college football season is already upon us and there’s several exciting matchups to look out for in the opening week. Arkansas and Cincinnati will play each other in Fayetteville, AR on Saturday in what should be a great game. Both teams return great players and both coaches have built respectable programs. But only one can win on Saturday. Who will it be? Arkansas vs Cincinnati Prediction This might be the matchup of the week, as both teams are highly talented, but also evenly matched. Arkansas brings back star QB KJ Jefferson, a stable of running backs, and four out…

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The No. 19 Arkansas Razorbacks and No. 23 Cincinnati Bearcats will face-off in Fayetteville, AR on Sept. 3. This is one of the most hyped week 1 college football matchups for justifiable reasons. Last season, the Bearcats became the first G5 team in history to make the college football playoffs. On the other side, the Razorbacks have done a 180° turnaround under head coach Sam Pittman. In 2021, the Razorbacks won their most games (9) in a season since 2011. While both coaches have taken steps to turn their respective programs into national powers, there’s still question marks for both…

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Head coach Bill Yeoman popularized the veer option while he was at Houston in the 1970s. This play became a staple for several option teams like Georgia Tech, Navy, and Air Force. While option offenses have all but died out in the P5, the veer option is still a play several teams like to use, including Arkansas. Veer Option Breakdown The veer option is a gap scheme play, where the offensive line blocks away from where the RB is going.  In a trap play, the edge defender would be sealed out by a half-back or tight end. But in the…

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The last Arkansas film study discussed a zone read play that OC Kendal Briles likes to call. This next film study will discuss a QB run from a gap scheme. Arkansas Film Study: Power Toss Read In a power run scheme, most of offensive line will perform down blocks on the defensive line, away from the play side. This includes the strong side offensive tackle, strong side offensive guard, and the center. The weak side guard will then pull and try to kick out extra defenders coming on the edge. The weak side tackle will try to engage any defenders…

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Meaningful relationships seem to be declining in our new age of technology. And one new Ohio State NIL program is cutting directly through the illusion of friendship. Ohio State-Fan Jolt Partnership Ohio State booster Brian Schottenstein and former QB Cardale Jones are partnering with FanJolt for a new interactive program between fans and players. FanJolt is an online program that allows people to connect directly to celebrities. Some celebrities on the site include Shark Tank’s Daymond John, NY Yankees star Aaron Judge, and tennis legend Rafael Nadal. Fans must pay up to $5000 to get a personalized fan video from…

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It’s no secret that the QB running was a big part of Arkansas’ offense last year. QB KJ Jefferson accumulated 664 yards on the ground, which was second amongst SEC QBs in 2021.  In order to get Jefferson into favorable running situations, the Hogs would often create numbers advantages in the box. Outside Zone Read is a play that allows an offense to create numbers advantages by effectively taking a defender out of the play. This means even when the offense in outnumbered in the box, they can still run the football. Arkansas Outside Zone Play Breakdown Against Texas A&M,…

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Back in August of last year, Arkansas obtained a huge commitment from 2023 TE Shamar Easter. Easter, who stands at 6-5 225 pounds, is the top ranked recruit in Arkansas according to 247 sports. He also had the honor of being the first commitment in Arkansas’ 2023 class. This article will try to project what Easter can bring to the Razorbacks once he graduates high school. Shamar Easter Evaluation Similar to TE commit Luke Hasz, its clear from film that Easter is not your typical in-line TE. While he can line up next to the tackle, he’s also able to…

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NFL

Titans rookie WR Treylon Burks showed why he was a hyped prospect on Wednesday, making a sweet one-handed catch in practice. https://twitter.com/BradenGall/status/1559916545085693953 Burks was lined up man-to-man with Bucs defensive back Kyler McMichael. After the snap, Burks made a sudden move to get outside leverage. McMichael tried mirroring Burks by putting his hand on Burks’ right shoulder. But,  Burks used his right arm to fight off McMichael’s hand. Once Burks had a step on McMichael, QB Ryan Tannehill threw the ball to Burk’s outside shoulder. For a normal receiver, the ball would’ve sailed a little too far over. But for…

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