Targeting penalties headline Week 8 early slate, continue to cause a stir
Week 8 saw an abundance of early of targeting calls, most of which happened in the SEC.
Perhaps the most controversial call of Saturday's early slate -- and possibly the 2013 season to date -- came in Georgia's game at Vanderbilt. Bulldogs defensive end Ray Drew was ejected for a hit on Vanderbilt quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels. But Drew didn't appear to lead with the crown of his helmet, as prohibited by the rule, and the call caused quite an uproar on social media:
South Carolina safety Kadetrix Marcus was ejected from the Gamecocks' game against Tennessee for a targeting hit on Vols receiver Pig Howard, a hit that appeared legitimate. Marcus started at safety in place of injured starter Chaz Elder, who was already out for the game.
Elsewhere, Florida safety Cody Riggs was ejected on the first play of Saturday's game against Missouri when he hit Tigers wide receiver L'Damian Washington. Unlike the call on Drew's hit, Riggs' head-first strike appeared to warrant the ejection.
I don't know (anything). That wasn't a dirty hit but it's kind of the definition of targeting.
— Zac Jackson (@FSOhioZJackson) October 19, 2013
The targeting rule continues to cause widspread controversy, though a proposed solution has emerged: