UNSUPPORTED BROWSER
SI Wire

Officials say they would eject Jadeveon Clowney for 'The Hit'

Jadeveon Clowney is Getty Images) South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney had 13 sacks last season and was SEC defensive Player of the Year. (Getty Images)

South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney has gotten the attention of the nation's quarterbacks, saying last week that several of them, including Georgia's Aaron Murray and Clemson's Tajh Boyd, were scared of him.

This week, an official from the ACC had his say about Clowney's hit on Michigan running back Vincent Smith during last year's Outback Bowl.

ACC officiating supervisor Doug Rhoads said during the ACC media days on Monday that he would have flagged Clowney for targeting. This season, "targeting" will result in an automatic ejection. Clowney was not flagged for the hit on Smith.

Clowney, who had 13 sacks, 23.5 tackles for loss and three forced fumbles last season, was a first-team All-American and SEC Defensive Player of the Year.

PHOTO GALLERY: SEC Players To Watch In 2013

At the Big 12 media day, Fox Sports officiating consultant Mike Pereira was asked how he would have officiated the play.

"[E]ach conference has talked to their officials and the philsophy is when in doubt, throw ...

"Remember what you're dealing with in targeting. It's the crown of the head. Not simply the helmet, but the crown of your head. Not the forehead. You're looking for a guy hitting who is looking at the ground."

"Boy ..."

"If I'm an official, based on 'when in doubt,' he's out. He's ejected. And when that goes to replay there's no way they overturn it. There's a great potential that hit causes an ejection this year."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gC44nP7ClxM

More SI Wire

Close

To continue enjoying content from the most trusted name is sports, please be sure to update your current bookmark.

Our updated web address is http://www.si.com.

To continue enjoying content from the most trusted name is sports, please be sure to update your current bookmark.

Just follow these 4 easy steps:

  1. Click the Chrome menu on the browser toolbar.
  2. Select Bookmarks.
  3. Select Bookmark manager.
  4. Locate your current Sports Illustrated bookmark, click the Organize menu, then select Edit. You can now easily update the web address of your Sports Illustrated bookmark.

    Our updated web address is http://www.si.com.

To continue enjoying content from the most trusted name is sports, please be sure to update your current bookmark.

Just follow these 2 easy steps:

  1. Click the Safari bookmark manager on the browser toolbar.
  2. This will open the Bookmarks Bar. In the Bookmarks Bar, select your Sports Illustrated bookmark and manually edit the Address field.

    Our updated web address is http://www.si.com.

To continue enjoying content from the most trusted name is sports, please be sure to update your current bookmark.

Just follow these 3 easy steps:

  1. Click the Firefox bookmark manager on the browser toolbar.
  2. Select Show All Bookmarks.
  3. This will open the library window. In the Library window, select your Sports Illustrated bookmark and manually edit the Location field.

    Our updated web address is http://www.si.com.
Don't Show This Again