Trey Marshall, a key defensive player for Florida State, will be forced to miss the first half of the season opener against Alabama after being called for targeting in FSU’s Orange Bowl win.
Mid-way through the fourth quarter of January’s thrilling 33-32 Orange Bowl victory against Michigan, Marshall was ejected after being called for targeting on a hit on Jourdan Lewis, who was fielding a punt. It certainly wasn’t the most clear example of targeting we’ve seen, but because it occurred in the second half of Florida State’s last game, the penalty carries over to next season.
Here’s video of the play:
Head coach Jimbo Fisher confirmed that his defense would be without Marshall to start the season opener against Alabama, which is set to be played at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
He’s understandably not thrilled about it. Via 247Sports:
“He will,” Fisher said when asked if Marshall would miss the first half. “And we’re trying to vote on that too [at the ACC Spring Meetings]. I think that’s crazy. No other sport, I don’t know a sport, you have those red cards in soccer, they don’t follow you year-to-year. But it is what the rule is now.”
Marshall is a significant part of the ‘Noles defense as well. Last season, in 12 games, he was third on the team with 58 tackles, recording two tackles for loss, and four pass break-ups. Nick Saban and his staff can’t be too upset about not seeing him for the first 30 minutes of the game.