SEC official defends controversial call on hit that ended Auburn DB Jeremiah Dinson’s season
SEC Coordinator of Officials Steve Shaw weighed in Wednesday on the controversial block that will force Auburn DB Jeremiah Dinson to miss the rest of the season after he tore three ligaments in his right knee, dislocated the same knee and separated his right shoulder in Auburn’s win over Texas A&M.
“We all know the rule very well,” Shaw said. “Targeting is a judgment call. It doesn’t say, ‘Is there any contact to the head,’ it says, ‘Is there forcible contact?’”
Dinson was injured on the blindside block by Texas A&M wide receiver Ricky Seals-Jones. The controversial hit was flagged for targeting, but overturned following a replay review. Seals-Jones and Auburn defensive back Blake Countess traded jabs on Instagram surrounding the hit.
Auburn DB Jeremiah Dinson injured right leg on hit by A&M WR Ricky Seals-Jones. Called targeting, but reversed. pic.twitter.com/3oeJ42UyMQ
— Jordan James (@JJ_AJC) November 8, 2015
There have been 17 targeting calls in SEC games this season. Three, including the one on Dinson, have been overturned. Although the targeting call was overturned in this instance, Shaw supports the officials throwing the flag if there is any indication of a targeting foul.
“The player safety trumps everything,” Shaw said. “The principle on the field is when in question it is a foul. We want guys (the officials), just like happened in that game, to put the marker on the ground.”
Any time you have judgment calls there is bound to be controversy, especially when there does not seem to be a consistent definition of what targeting is. Even Shaw admits that some targeting calls are hard to determine with replay review.
“What replay has to decipher, and use judgment if you will, that contact that then resulted to the head was it incidental or was it forcible,” Shaw said. “That’s sometimes, depending on the type of hit, a very difficult thing to frame up. That’s what the replay guy’s having to look at.”