The Pancake Maker

Razorback offensive lineman commit Austin Eoff gets in his pancakes Friday night in a season-opening victory and then watches his future college team take its lid-lifter as well.

Fort Smith Northside's Austin Eoff got his pancakes on Friday night instead of Saturday morning.

One of three University of Arkansas offensive line commits, Eoff (6-5, 305) had nine pancake blocks in his team's 20-12 season-opening win over Pine Bluff.

"I feel like I did really well," Eoff said. "They ran a four front and I am used to that. I had 9 pancakes and played some defense as well. It was a lot of fun to get things going."

Eoff, who joined fellow UA commits Matt Hall (6-10, 320) and Josh Tatum (6-6, 315) at Arkansas' 46-26 win over Troy on Saturday night.

He is thrilled that he got his recruiting out of the way early although he is still getting attention from a lot of other schools.

"I feel great and I am having the time of my life being a Razorback and loving it," Eoff said. "I am still getting a lot of mail, a lot of e-mail, but they are not going to get me away from Arkansas so it doesn't matter."

Eoff was helping break in a new signal caller last Friday night.

Junior Dax Dupire (5-11, 175) has taken over for Kodi Burns, now a freshman quarterback at Auburn.

"It was really different," Eoff said. "I had been blocking for Kodi for two years. We ran basically the same plays, but it was different not having him in the huddle."

It's clear Eoff has a lot of confidence in the new guy.

"Dax is a very good quarterback," Eoff said. "Kodi was fast and quick, but Dax runs a 4.5, is really fast and is a really good athlete as well. I think he can be as good as Kodi and he will have a great year."

Eoff felt that the Grizzlies would have rolled up a lot more points if not for a couple of first-half turnovers.

"Our team did pretty good," Eoff said. "We had two turnovers in the first half or we would have scored 21 points instead of just seven."

Northside host Tulsa Science and Technology this Friday and then travel to play Little Rock Catholic before beginning 7A-West action at Fayetteville.

Eoff thinks his team has a chance in what looks like a wide-open conference race.

"If we play like we can play and don't hurt ourselves like we did in the first game, just execute, then I think we can be at the top of the 7A-West."

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