Oct 19, 2013; Columbia, MO, USA; Missouri Tigers wide receiver L'Damian Washington (2) catches a pass as Florida Gators defensive back Cody Riggs (31) defends during the first half at Faurot Field. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

SEC to review targeting rule


The Southeastern Conference is going to review the targeting rule.

In the first hour of college football coverage on Saturday, two SEC players were ejected from games for targeting. South Carolina Gamecocks’ safety Kadetrix Marcus was ejected for his hit against the Tennessee Volunteers while Florida Gators’ junior defensive back Cody Riggs was ejected for a hit against the Missouri Tigers.

Later in the day, Georgia Bulldogs defensive end Ray Drew was ejected for targeting in their game against the Vanderbilt Commodores.

Georgia linebacker Ramik Wilson was also called for targeting, but his ejection was overturned.

However, even if replay deems the play was not targeting, the penalty stands. In this case, Vanderbilt wound up converting a fourth down play via the penalty that Wilson had originally broken up.  It was a decisive play in a huge game, SEC East-wise, for the Bulldogs.

All three of three of the teams who had a player ejected lost.

“I think that’s where we probably get the most concerns, and I would tell you even our commissioner has serious concerns about the penalty philosophy around targeting fouls when they’re overturned,” SEC coordinator of football officials Shaw at the end of the conference’s weekly coaches teleconference, via David Ching of ESPN.com. “So he and I have talked. He’s challenged me, and together we’re going to work with the rules committee to revisit the penalty if a disqualification is overturned for targeting.”

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