Targeting was the theme around the SEC this weekend, with two players ejected on questionable targeting calls. Targeting or not, these were still gigantic hits and definitely worth showing. Here are the biggest hits around the SEC from Week 9:
Robert Nkemdiche, stop it
Do you have any doubt in Ole Miss defensive end Robert Nkemdiche’s ability to play at the professional level? Watch this play. Nkemdiche is the guy driving this poor Auburn offensive lineman into his quarterback, in case you needed clarification.
Robert Nkemdiche plays big boy football. https://t.co/NhMd3GlLsQ
— Ben Garrett (@SpiritBen) October 31, 2015
Football tacticians would define that as a bull-rush technique, but calling it a bull rush does not give Nkemdiche enough credit. That’s simply dominance. You can almost imagine the offensive lineman screaming for mercy as Nkemdiche continues to drive him into Auburn quarterback Sean White.
Keanu Neal lowers the boom
This is a textbook tackle that unfortunately involved shoulder-to-helmet contact. Florida safety Keanu Neal closes in on a Georgia receiver and sticks him with a great shot.
Targeting penalty No. 1 — Emmanuel Moseley
If this is targeting, then the game of football is in trouble. Tennessee cornerback Emmanuel Moseley was ejected from Saturday night’s game against Kentucky for this enormous collision.
This was not a targeting call ? good hit tho ?? pic.twitter.com/pxv7yVMSnL
— 〰TheRealKING™ 〽️ (@DariusKing22) November 1, 2015
That sure looked like a clean hit. Moseley did an excellent job of driving his shoulder into the Kentucky wideout and delivering a great hit to jar the ball loose.
Targeting penalty No. 2 — Jordan Cronkrite
Florida freshman tailback Jordan Cronkrite was ejected for this block during the Florida-Georgia game.
Targeting was called and upheld on this block by #32 of the Gators. Kids out rest of this game 1st half nex… https://t.co/Xktl9hr0Sr
— Joe Marino (@TheJoeMarino) October 31, 2015
Ouch. That was one heck of a block from a tailback, but was it targeting? You be the judge.