Posted July 22, 2013

Officials say they would eject Jadeveon Clowney for ‘The Hit’

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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.

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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.”


22 comments
TerryCoeJr
TerryCoeJr

this looks like the Kam Chancellor hit on Vernon Davis. i dont believe either of those hits were illegal. Clowney follows the ball and plants his facemask into the Michigan RB. he does his job with such force that the RB's head moves down and connects with the top of Clowney's helmet. good play.


TM1
TM1

For all those who believe that Clowney made a perfectly legal hit, please explain how exactly does the Michigan RB's helmet go straight up and backwards...

That happens only with helmet to facemask contact.  It does not happen with any other explanation in the laws of physics.  Watch carefully this time on the replay.  Clowney comes straight up from below.  

If the referee calls the penalty, Michigan gets the ball back with a first down.  Game over.  Michigan wins.

Even if he didn't mean to do it, it should not be happening.  If you think that this demeans the "integrity of the tough guy sport," then I invite you to take the handoff while I and my friends line you up for the kill.

Mel
Mel

The ACC official talks about hitting with the crown of the head....which Cloney did not do. That was just a very hard hit that was completely clean.

LionoftheSenate
LionoftheSenate

Get the Eff out of the college game NFL clown.  Why is the NFL ruining college football too now?  Joke.  This is a great hit, clean.  Watch closely fans, refs don't judge "targeting" by technique or if your head leads or not....nope, they only judge an illegal hit by the result.  If a ball carrier goes flying and it looks vicious, then you can rest assured a flag will fly.....just like in this play.   If a guy is hit with helment but not "blown up" the refs will hold off.  It's about the result not the technique, no matter how much they lie to us.

Daniel55
Daniel55

He was not the SEC Defensive Player of the Year, that was Jarvis Jones

JamesMartin
JamesMartin

Might as well be 2 gladiators with plate armor and wooden swords... sigh... the one sport i love... reduced to pink flag football.

bjornbonn
bjornbonn

was this ref one of the NFL "replacementgate" refs? terrible assessment of the play...Clowney was looking at the ground until a split second before he looked up and smashed the running back...square shoulder to shoulders hit...he is taller then the RB that's what makes it look like targeting...

eddie767
eddie767

So basically the officials have a bounty out on Clowny. So how are they going to be punished if all the conferences are in on it?He needs a lawyer on speed dial. He may also make money legally while still at SC.

j7apple
j7apple

Its a play that happens in 1 second, if an ejection would happen, thats stupid.

Brian63
Brian63

These 'officials' are crazy.  That is a perfect tackle/play.  If you are going to eject people for that then I cannot watch anymore football.  I agree with trying to make the game safe but to eject someone for a perfect play then I can be a fan of something like that.  

NoQNoSuperBowl
NoQNoSuperBowl

Make a safer helmet. I have no idea why that is so difficult.

Mike175
Mike175

That was a textbook hit. I guess it means it is no use watching college ball as well

AuroraNox
AuroraNox

A great tackle! Wimpy officials:  Football, like Rugby, is a hard-hitting contact, that's CONTACT, 

sport! 

PM75
PM75

Pause the video right on impact - that is a PERFECT form tackle - face up, in the chest of the ball carrier.  That is EXACTLY how everyone is taught.  Are you kidding me?  Just make it flag football then!

TarHeelFan1001
TarHeelFan1001

I don't see it - Ejection? - Football is becoming more and more safe which = boring.


TheDoctorIsIn
TheDoctorIsIn

@TM1 Helmet to helmet/facemask contact is not the basis for a penalty.  At the 0:38 mark of the video, Clowney makes impact with Smith's chest, and Clowney's head is clearly visible. The facemask of Clowney is planted in Smith's chest, and Clowney's head is CLEARLY parallel to the ground and he is obviously and indisputably looking forward. 

This is very clearly not leading with the crown of the helmet, and thus not eligible for a penalty call. The fact that the crown of Clowny's helmet contacts the facemask of Smith's helmet and sends it straight upwards and off his head is not a penalty.

The officials that are saying this should have been an ejection must be grandstanding after the fact. Those officials should in fact be penalized for making such inaccurate and inflammatory remarks

Whatever
Whatever

@bjornbonn I absolutely agree. Clowney's head looked up at the last second. A textbook tackle.

RobRomero
RobRomero

@NoQNoSuperBowl Or the players can learn how to properly fasten them to their head.  A lot of players, for the sake of comfort, wear the helmets with the straps loosened.

JayD
JayD

@NoQNoSuperBowl the problem is not necessarily the helmet the players wear, but how the brain moves within the skull after sudden stops.  a helmet will not aid in this effect.

JamesMartin
JamesMartin

@mystafugee @JamesMartin yes, in prime time. with a tv timeout to clean up the blood and cart off the injured. lol. of course not, however, all this aiming and hugging them to the ground has gotta stop. its gone too far. there is a risk to the game, that is why the reward is so great.