Jackson State Football Adopts New Pass Rush Technique Based On Will Smith’s Oscars Slap

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Jackson State football is on the rise with head coach Deion Sanders at the helm. The Tigers rattled off a program-best 11-2 record last season and won a SWAC Championship.

As the focus shifts toward 2022, the hope is that the momentum will continue and the wins will follow suit. When Jackson State takes the field this fall, the defense is going to be trying out a new pass rush move — “The Will Smith Technique.”

The 2022 Academy Awards were held on March 27th and the biggest headline to come from the ceremony was when Will Smith walked up to the stage and slapped Chris Rock for making a joke about his wife. If you want to read more about the incident and the fallout, click here.

If you are not interested in the much ado about nothing, let’s take it back to the gridiron.

During the week after ‘The Slap Hear Around The World,’ the Tigers were right in the middle of spring practice. As the individual the position groups broke out into their sessions, linebackers coach Andre’ Hart used the Oscars slap to teach his guys how to get to the quarterback.

Hart demonstrated how to use the palm of the hand — not the fingers — to slap the offensive tackle and “Will Smith his ass.” It is not only hilarious, but it is actually incredibly effective way of teaching and demonstrates great pass rush form.

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