Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports
There was several college football player ejection this past Saturday as a result of targeting penalties, including two LSU players- linebacker Donnie Alexander and defensive end Neil Farrell.

Both Alexander and Farrell were ejected for separate targeting calls for hits on Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald at Davis Wade Stadium during the second half of the game.

NFL superstar JJ Watt of the Houston Texans disagrees with how targeting penalties are enforced and sent out this tweet on Saturday night:


Since the penalties against Alexander and Farrell happened in the second half, both players are required to sit out the first half against Syracuse this Saturday.
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LoL; replaying game, AGAIN.
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Life isn't fair. DWI.
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I agree
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EXCUSES!!!!!
Reply49 months
The most blatant targeting call in the game was the hit on D. Williams and it was not called nor was it even reviewed while Williams was on the field with a leg injury.
Reply49 months
I agree, and it's a shame it hasn't been mentioned.
49 months
Someone should hold the refs accountable for that. It looked exactly like the second ejection LSU got. Refs took over this game and killed momentum.
49 months
I think there should be 2 versions of the rule. One that is more incidental and one in which is true "targeting". The true targeting should be ejection, but the incidental ones (like the barely bumps LSU got penalized for) should just be a penalty. This way, players and coaches are still strongly incentivized to work on not doing it.
Reply49 months
I disagree. Spearing someone in the head with the crown of a helmet in very dangerous. Intentional or not it needs to be met with severe penalty.
Reply49 months
But neither player that was ejected did what you say. They both basically hit helmet to helmet as a result of momentum created by, well, pursuing the guy with the football. Is that illegal now?
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Hey a-hole first off if u watched the game u would have noticed that none of the two players came off the ground, NF was tripped by Key and fell into the qb bumping him. And DA also never came off the ground, but just bumped face masks and was called. 2 stupid calls made by the refs The way I read it is that the player leaves the ground with both feet and leads with the crown of the helmet.
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If there is obvious deliberate intent to injure then that's one thing and shouldn't be tolerated.. most of these are not.
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Exactly 15 yards with warning then ejection. If you get 2 in 3 games sit a half.
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Refs are hired by the NCAA, who has no backbone and just wants to cover their arse in lawsuits. There needs to be a difference between a TRUE targeting and INCIDENTAL. In LSUs case (2nd) the player was already going forward WHEN the QB swiveled and thus got hit. Otherwise it would have been likely just a tackle
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Yeah, the ones where the player is forced into the other player for some reason or where the one being tackled makes some move right before contact are ridiculous.
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A full game is too material to a players season of only 12 games. Generally, the fouls that are called today as targeting are typically not vicious plays. There is a rare occasion of someone launching themselves but it's the exception.
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I think it is absolutely insane that players get ejected for their first "targeting" call. At least, penalize and give warning the first time.
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1 penalty 2 ejection. Just like the pros.
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1 penalty 2 ejection. Just like the pros.
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1 penalty 2 ejection. Just like the pros.
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1 penalty 2 ejection. Just like the pros.
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1 penalty 2 ejection. Just like the pros.
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1 penalty 2 ejection. Just like the pros.
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1 penalty 2 ejection. Just like the pros.
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this?
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Sam hell is this crap
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It's okay to jump on a player's abdomen when he's defenseless on the ground, but don't run into his helmet on accident!
Reply49 months
How are you going to determine whether is was on purpose or not? Ask the player?
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You can use your brain and watch Chuck
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Mangling the English language, like the writer did by the first sentence, should also be penalized with ejection from the keyboard.
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