Football is an incredibly violent football game.
Mack Wilson proved that with this incredibly brutal hit on Speedy Noil. Wilson did make helmet-to-helmet contact with Noil, which is technically targeting. Wilson was not flagged for targeting on the play.
Mack Wilson is now wanted for murder pic.twitter.com/5wz24jloBO
— Marq Burnett (@Marq_Burnett) October 22, 2016
Here is a closer look at the hit. As you can see, Wilson does make helmet-to-helmet contact with Noil, and Wilson led with his head on the hit. Since Wilson led with the crown of his helmet, that overrides the rule of hitting a defenseless player.
This is why Speedy Noil is no longer in the game. Geez. pic.twitter.com/JYSTyxen7e
— Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton) October 22, 2016
Noil did have to go through concussion protocol after the hit and was fine per the CBS broadcast. Twitter of course had an appropriate reaction to the hit. Half thought that Wilson’s hit was targeting, while half thought it was just a great hit.
If that's not targeting, I don't know what is.
But nobody knows what targeting is anyway.
— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) October 22, 2016
OH GOD MACK WILSON
— BUFFALO CHILL CODY (@edsbs) October 22, 2016
Arkansas' De'Andre Coley gets kicked out last week, but that's not targeting on Alabama?
— Kurt Voigt (@Kurt_Voigt_AP) October 22, 2016
Heat-seeking missiles, I tell you. Tide's Mack Wilson just obliterated Speedy Noil on the kick return. This is … goodness.
— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_AJC) October 22, 2016
Alabama held a 6-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.