TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Reuben Foster is no stranger to big hits.
As a sophomore, Foster first made a name for himself by destroying LSU running back Leonard Fournette on a kickoff return.
Now a senior and starting inside linebacker, Foster has passed the torch of making monstrous special teams tackles to freshman linebacker Mack Wilson.
Wilson absolutely crushed Texas A&M receiver Speedy Noil on a kickoff return late in the first quarter of the Crimson Tide’s 33-14 win over the Aggies.
It was one of two big special teams tackles from Wilson on the day.
Mack Wilson is now wanted for murder pic.twitter.com/5wz24jloBO
— Marq Burnett (@Marq_Burnett) October 22, 2016
Wilson isn’t allowed to speak with reporters due to Alabama coach Nick Saban’s longstanding policy of not letting freshman talk to the media. But Foster’s reaction to the hit summed things up.
“I think that boy Mack Wilson was tremendous,” Foster said Wednesday. “That was like attempted murder. Oh my god.”
Foster caught up with Wilson on the sideline after the play.
“After the first one, I said something to him, like, ‘Bruh, what got into you?'” Foster said. “It really scared me. Like, where’d this come from?”
Reuben Foster on Mack Wilson's hit vs. Texas A&M: "That was like attempted murder." pic.twitter.com/OuNHjOyIiI
— Marq Burnett (@Marq_Burnett) October 26, 2016
Many on social media believed Wilson should have been flagged for targeting.
“It was a great hit,” Saban said. “I know some people made something about the fact that it was targeting, but it’s not an unprotected player. The guy’s running with the ball. So, we always tell our players that we want you to lower your target and see what you hit even when you tackle so that we don’t get in those situations.
“But that wasn’t a foul because it was not an unprotected player.”