It seems like each week there are more targeting calls than the last. There were two notable targeting penalties this weekend, with one more questionable than the other. There was also a gigantic collision in the LSU-Alabama game. Let’s lower the boom with the best hits around the SEC from Week 10:
Pharoh gets laid out
This was blatant targeting. South Carolina wideout Pharoh Cooper was blindsided by Tennessee defensive back Brian Randolph. The pass intended for Cooper was nearly picked off and he let up on the play. Unfortunately, he walked into a gigantic collision with Randolph, who was ejected.
Your bones may rattle after seeing this hit.
R.I.P. Pharoh Cooper… ???? pic.twitter.com/oOTfvSxkWa
— Parker Owen (@RobertoPancho9) November 7, 2015
Will somebody block for Derrius Guice?
LSU’s special teams have been porous all season. This play against Alabama epitomized LSU’s not-so-special teams.
Guice fielded a kickoff late in the first half just inside the end zone. He only got a few yards of a head start before he was drilled by an unabated freight train, sophomore Tony Brown.
Derrius Guice may still be feeling this one. pic.twitter.com/uEB8ek6usN
— Matt Barbato (@RealMattBarbato) November 8, 2015
LSU did not exactly give its returner room to run. Guice may still be feeling that hit.
Week 10 edition of “Was it targeting?”
Florida’s Jordan Sherit was called for a targeting penalty on a pretty clean sack. Sherit blew by the right tackle and sacked Vanderbilt quarterback Johnny McCrary. Sherit drilled McCrary with a bit high and was called for targeting. You be the judge.
Refs just called this targeting. No, I'm not joking. https://t.co/JBBK8tJsSE
— Trevor Sikkema (@TrevorSikkema) November 7, 2015
And here’s a slow-motion version of the sack.
— Only Gators .com (@onlygators) November 7, 2015
The hit was high but didn’t appear to have any malicious intent. Nonetheless, a big hit for Sherit.