There has been a lot of talk this off-season about the new rule regarding targeting that the NCAA will be enforcing during the 2013 football season. The latest person to share his thoughts about the rule — which will require officials to eject players if a targeting penalty is given — is former Rutgers star Eric LeGrand.
LeGrand, who was paralyzed from the neck down after a hit he delivered in a game against Army in 2010, spoke both about the play that resulted in his injury and about his hopes for the new rule:
I wasn’t trying to spear him. I was trying to make a tackle. That happens. I just hope that they’re not so strict that it ruins the game. I appreciate everyone trying to help with safety, but you can’t change football. It’s a violent game that has been played for many years (USA Today Sports).
I’m glad that people are looking into it and seeing certain methods. The main thing is you’ve got to see what you hit. If your eyes are up, it prevents injuries.
[Source: USA Today Sports]