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    Default Explain the "targeting" rule

    Can someone explain the "targeting a defenseless player" rule in college football?

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    Are you talking about the hit in the Vandy/SC game?

    I guess their head is off limits. I thought it was a solid hit.

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    I can see a QB throwing a pic and a defensive player "targets" the QB and targets him to take him out of game. Good rule.

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    Quote Originally Posted by theguru View Post
    Are you talking about the hit in the Vandy/SC game?

    I guess their head is off limits. I thought it was a solid hit.
    Yes, that is the play that made me post the question. I thought it was a solid hit too, but the head to head contact was the reason for the flag I suppose?

    I wondered how the rule is written and how it is supposed to be interpreted/enforced.

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    All I know is if its continually applied like it was against Vandy, this could be a really annoying year. What is the defense supposed to to? Walk up slowly and ask the offensive player to take a knee?

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    COLLEGE FOOTBALL OFFICIATING, LLC
    TARGETING AND CROWN-OF-HELMET
    OFFICIATING GUIDELINES
    RULES
    Targeting/Initiating Contact With the Crown of the Helmet (Rule 9-1-3)
    No player shall target and initiate contact against an opponent with the crown (top) of his helmet. When in question, it is a foul. (Rule 9-6.)
    Defenseless Player: Contact to Head or Neck Area (Rule 9-1-4)
    No player shall target and initiate contact to the head or neck area of a defenseless opponent with the helmet, forearm, elbow or shoulder. When in question, it is a foul (Rules 2-27-14 and 9-6).
    KEY ELEMENTS
    Targeting


    —taking aim at an opponent with an apparent intent that goes beyond making a good football play.
    Crown of the Helmet


    —the top portion of the helmet.
    Contact to the head or neck area


    —even if not with the helmet, it still could be a foul.

    Defenseless player

    —a player not in position to defend himself.
    Examples (Rule 2-27-14):

    Pass receiver or kick receiver concentrating on the ball before or just as it arrives.
     Pass receiver or kick receiver who has just caught the ball and has not had time to do something common to the game.
     Quarterback in the act of passing.
     Any player who is blind-sided.
     A player obviously out of the play.
    KEY INDICATORS
    Risk of a foul is high with one or more of these:

    Launch—a player leaves his feet to contact an opponent by an upward and forward thrust of the body, making contact in the head/neck area
     
     Leading with forearm, fist, hand or elbow to the head/neck area
     Lowering the head before initiating contact to the head/neck area of a defenseless player
    These indicate less risk of a foul:

    Heads-up tackle
     Wrap-up tackle
    HINTS FOR PLAYERS

     Don't lead with your head
     Don’t go for the head/neck area

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    Wow, talk about a subjective explanation. How is an official supposed to digest all that and apply it fairly in full-speed game situations?

    If it really just boils down to not leading with the crown of the helmet and not initiating contact with the head/neck area, then OK. I hope that is the way the rule is applied. I see a lot of language in there that gives officials a pretty wide brush to paint with, though, and it will be interesting to see how this thing evolves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Watusi View Post
    If it really just boils down to not leading with the crown of the helmet and not initiating contact with the head/neck area, then OK.
    I think this is the basics of the rule just that the wording of the rule is a wee bit convaluted.

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    Pass receiver or kick receiver concentrating on the ball before or just as it arrives.
    Pass receiver or kick receiver who has just caught the ball and has not had time to do something common to the game.
    Quarterback in the act of passing.
    So stupid. The defense is supposed to wait until a receiver has fully gained control of the ball before they can make contact?

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    I see this called a lot when shots to the head are taken. Last night I can see at full speed what he saw. I thought on the replay it was shoulder to shoulder

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    They were all over those targeting rules, yet managed to blow a very easy to see pass interference that essentially ended the game.

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    Would this hit even be legal now?