Tennessee cornerback Cameron Sutton did not mince words when asked about the targeting call that left teammate Emmanuel Moseley ejected Saturday against Kentucky.
“We feel like it wasn’t targeting,” Sutton said, “but we can’t do anything about the call now.”
Per NCAA rules, Moseley will be suspended for the first half Saturday against South Carolina. When asked about Moseley’s demeanor heading into this week, Sutton said, “Still energized. Same mindset.”
Tennessee coach Butch Jones was asked for his thoughts about Moseley’s tackle against receiver Garrett Johnson.
“He played it as well as you could possibly play it,” Jones said.
Jones added that the only criticism of the Moseley tackle was that he didn’t wrap his arms around Johnson. Jones said the hit was shoulder to shoulder. He said Moseley did not lead with his helmet, which can lead to a targeting penalty. Targeting can also be called if a defender launches himself.
Jones said he’s visited with the SEC but didn’t seem to think the suspension could be overruled.
“Some things are with privacy but we did have dialogue,” he said. “I don’t believe there is an appeal process but we’re trying to do anything and everything.”
Moseley was splitting time with junior college transfer Justin Martin, who is likely to start this week against the Gamecocks.