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Stanford safety Ed Reynolds ejected for targeting against ASU, will miss first half vs. WSU

Ed Reynolds,Tim Crawley AP

Stanford will be without Ed Reynolds for the first half of next week’s game against Washington State after the senior All-American was ejected for targeting Arizona State quarterback Taylor Kelly on Saturday night.

ASU had a first and 10 at the Stanford 11-yard line with about nine minutes to play when Kelly went back to pass and looked to his right. He got the pass off before a blitzing Reynolds meet him with a punishing head-on hit. Reynolds was flagged, ejected and suspended for the first half against WSU.

Stanford should be able to survive without Reynolds against the Cougars, although Mike Leach‘s five-wide-receiver style generally requires a lot of defensive backs who can cover.

The Cardinal will probably miss Reynolds more for his run support and hard-nosed tackling ability. Coming into the game against ASU, he led the team with 17 tackles.

Reynolds might be the most high-profile player to date to miss a half due to a targeting penalty.

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