At least one individual found John Kreifels‘ hit on Vernon Adams to be an unnecessary, if not dirty, one.
Tuesday, Eastern Washington head coach Beau Baldwin announced that Kreifels has been suspended for at least this Saturday’s game against Northern Iowa. Kreifels’ suspension was triggered by what many considered to be a cheap shot to the head of the former EWU and current Oregon quarterback this past weekend.
Adams briefly left the field and was examined by team doctors for a possible concussion. While he ultimately returned to the sidelines, he didn’t return to the game.
Kreifels left the game too as he was ejected for targeting on the fourth-quarter hit. By rule, he would’ve been suspended for the first half of the upcoming game anyway because of th targeting ejection.
Prior to the brutal hit, Adams had totaled 340 yards of offense — 246 passing, 94 rushing — and two passing touchdowns.
To say that Kreifels deserved at least a one-game suspension for the blatant cheap shot on his former teammate would be an understatement. On social media, though, Kreifels attempted to explain away the dirty play.
“I have to admit the taunting at the end of the game was immature on my part and in poor taste,” Kreifels wrote on his private Twitter account. “However, I must say that it is never my intention to take a cheap shot, but to always try my best while going 100% for my team. By the time he was sliding, I had already begun to dive. My goal was never to harm anyone but to go for the ball. Football is my life and I always give it everything I have.”
Adams is expected to be fine to play in No. 7 Oregon’s huge non-conference matchup with No. 5 Michigan State. Kreifels, meanwhile, will be forced to sit out a game that will pit No. 7 EWU against 14th-ranked Northern Iowa.