Greatest hits in the SEC: Week 5 edition
There were five pivotal games between SEC foes in Week 5, which meant there were plenty of big hits on Saturday. Here are the most bone-jarring collisions of Week 5.
Alabama’s Reggie Ragland drops the hit stick on Georgia’s Malcolm Mitchell
— Kat Sheppard (@Kats820) October 4, 2015
Mitchell may still be feeling that hit from Ragland. The senior wideout was cutting across the field on a mesh route when quarterback Grayson Lambert threw to Mitchell as he found an opening in the middle of the field. Mitchell probably wishes his QB had thrown the ball away, as Ragland stuck Mitchell as soon as the ball touched him.
Florida safety Keanu Neal drills Ole Miss wideout Quincy Adeboyejo
Coaches at every level should use this tackle in their film sessions as an excellent example of form tackling. Neal gives Adeboyejo a good immediate jolt to dislodge the ball, then wraps him up and drives him straight into the ground. Sometimes the fundamentals make the highlight reel.
Texas A&M’s Ricky Seals-Jones ejected for labeling a Mississippi State defender
Aggies WR Ricky Seals-Jones ejected for targeting on this hit, and his reaction pic.twitter.com/nDmWR0Wdmp
— The Cauldron (@TheCauldron) October 4, 2015
This might have been the best thump of the week, but it was an illegal hit. Seals-Jones attempted to set a strong block for his teammate, but dropped his shoulder straight into the helmet of the defender. While the targeting rule is extremely subjective, Seals-Jones was still ejected from the game. Regardless, his play made this week’s highlight reel.
Alabama’s Minkah Fitzpatrick shows strong kick coverage skills
Alabama was fired up after Eddie Jackson’s pick-six and Fitzpatrick used some of that energy on the ensuing kickoff. Fitzpatrick gunned down the left sideline, left his lane and threw return man Reggie Davis to the ground– Dolph Ziggler style. Watch Fitzpatrick come out of nowhere and effortlessly drop Davis. This was a great play in what turned out to be a great game for the Crimson Tide.