It’s safe to say college football’s new targeting rules aren’t popular among fans, coaches and players. And after Week 8, there should be no doubters about how ridiculous the penalties actually are. There were a couple of questionable ejections, and the 15-yard penalty that still stands even if the ejection is overturned is ridiculous.
In perhaps the worst targeting call of 2013, Georgia defensive end Ray Drew was ejected for this hit on Vanderbilt quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels.
Perhaps Drew’s hit was roughing the passer, but in no way should that be a targeting penalty. And the worst part of this play? It was upheld on replay.
We are all for player safety. But a little common sense is needed with this rule. Unfortunately, college football is stuck with this until the end of the season.