BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The hit earned a huge cheer from the fans and a collective gasp in the press box.
Alabama linebacker Lyndell “Mack” Wilson absolutely crushed Texas A&M receiver Speedy Noil on a kickoff return late in the first quarter.
It was one of two big special teams tackles from Wilson on the day.
Noil was taken to the sideline and tested for a concussion, according to the CBS broadcast.
Many on social media believed Wilson should have been flagged for targeting.
Alabama coach Nick Saban does not agree with that notion.
“It was a great hit,” Saban said at the Monday Morning Quarterback Club. “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.”
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— Marq Burnett (@Marq_Burnett) October 22, 2016