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Report: Six players ejected for targeting on opening weekend

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The NCAA’s new rules on targeting resulted in six players getting ejected during the first weekend of the season, including one that was later overturned by video replay, the Associated Press reported on Monday.

NCAA coordinator of officials Rogers Redding said official totals on the number of targeting penalties would not be available until Tuesday. But with one game still left to be played Monday night, Redding says the early returns seem to indicate there was not an uptick in the number of penalties called for targeting compared to last season.

Tulane cornerback Lorenzo Doss, Oregon cornerback Terrance Mitchell, Texas A&M cornerback Deshazor Everett,  California defensive lineman Chris McCain and Indiana State defensive back Carlos Aviles were the culprits. The latter three’s penalties occurred in the second half of their games so they will be forced to sit out the first half of their next contest.

One player, Colorado State linebacker C.J. James, had his penalty overturned after a video review.

So far, it doesn’t look like the worries about the new rule are merited. For five players to miss a half out of all the players in college football seems a small price to pay for a greater emphasis on safety. Besides, Everett and McCain won’t really be missed this week since their teams are scheduled to take on FCS patsies.

Still, the vagueness of the rule has the potential to bite some teams in the behind at some point. Let’s just hope it’s applied with as much restraint and common sense the rest of the way as it was in week one.

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11 Responses to “Report: Six players ejected for targeting on opening weekend”
  1. donovandancy says: Sep 2, 2013 11:00 PM

    It’s a better point to notice the increase in leg injuries. That compared with the “if you are unsure throw the flag” mentality show the people in control of football now are inept.

  2. lawson1974 says: Sep 2, 2013 11:15 PM

    I saw a couple of these ejections. Looked like normal football plays to me.

    Changing the game is a BIG price to pay in the name of perceived safety.

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  5. mgmac says: Sep 3, 2013 6:38 AM

    I spoke with an NFL official/NCAA football supervisor yesterday. He told me the Texas A&M cornerback Deshazor Everett hit did NOT constitute being ejected.

  6. bertenheim says: Sep 3, 2013 10:21 AM

    These were not illegal hits by the standard of making the highlights on Sportscenter.

  7. mogogo1 says: Sep 3, 2013 10:42 AM

    “So far, it doesn’t look like the worries about the new rule are merited. ”

    So, if it’s just a few guys getting ejected and suspended for doing nothing wrong, it’s just fine? All so there’s some illusion of safety in a game where collisions like this are an integral part of the sport?

  8. longtallsam says: Sep 3, 2013 10:43 AM

    Are there no new polls being released this week?

  9. barbeaux says: Sep 3, 2013 11:12 AM

    They’re always trying rule adjustments, but are they seriously looking at adjusting helmets?

  10. alligatorsnapper says: Sep 3, 2013 11:31 AM


    Good observation and post. The doc and his family at southernpatriots have collected a bookshelf of research and information on the topic and presented it to the NCAA and NFL. Small modifications, including just removing existing padding in the helmets and replacing with impact diffusing padding which has proven to minimize impact at least 8 times better than the present padding at a cost of 2.41 cents per helmet.

    longtallsam: At least now we have one game done and can see at least some evidence of the quality to teams to the quality of opponents. I am interested in seeing these rankings also.

  11. 8to80texansblog says: Sep 3, 2013 4:40 PM

    I didn’t see all the hits but the hit by Deshazor Everett was about as clean as you can get. Shoulder into the WR’s #s. I can maybe agree it was a hit on a defenseless receiver, but I’m not sure how else he was supposed to hit him.

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