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SBC suspends nation’s leading picker

Jonathan Dowling, John Fulton AP

Each of the past two weeks the SEC has suspended a defensive player for a “flagrant and dangerous act,” with the possibility still existing the conference could go back-to-back-to-back in that department Tuesday.

Monday, though, the league that’s given the SEC non-conference fits in 2012 has decided to lay down its own suspension hammer.

The Sun Belt Conference announced that Western Kentucky safety Jonathan Dowling has been given a one-game suspension following a hit in the Hilltoppers’ win over Southern Miss Saturday. Dowling went helmet-to-helmet on the hit to the receiver, leading to both an ejection for the game and the suspension for the upcoming SBC game against Arkansas State.

WKU is appealing the ruling from the conference, and should have a decision on the appeal at some point in the afternoon.

If upheld, the suspension would be a significant blow to the Hilltoppers’ secondary as Dowling is currently tied with two other players for the FBS lead in interceptions with four.

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4 Responses to “SBC suspends nation’s leading picker”
  1. southernpatriots says: Sep 25, 2012 8:17 AM

    With great honor and sensitivity to recent football players (and wonderful young men) for Tulane and Rutgers as well as others who has received spinal injuries, players must be taught and must receive awakening penalties for tackling head first, using one’s head as a spear, and any other type of tackle which could cause such injuries to players. These injuries are devastating even when they are accidental. We certainly do not want to see any intentional tackling or actions which would cause injury.

    JT: Is there a link available to this play? If so, please post. I have to confess I have not seen it, but understand and have seen that type of play numerous times in the past years.

  2. John Taylor says: Sep 25, 2012 9:38 AM

    southpats: have been unable to find video of the play in question. would like to see it, though.

  3. texasbornlsufan says: Sep 25, 2012 11:58 AM

    I understand the reasoning behind what is trying to be done in protecting the players but………
    Why arn’t running backs who lead with there head or stiff arm a DB called for the same offense?

    I have witnessed several helmet to helmet issues that are a result of the running back lowering his head but it is never called.

  4. southernpatriots says: Sep 25, 2012 12:06 PM


    You are so correct! I want to see fair administration of any and all penalties, including one which protects the tackler and the opponent. I saw several of exactly what you have described this past Saturday.

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