It wouldn’t be Week 1 of the college football season without a controversial targeting call.
During the fourth quarter of today’s Penn State-Wisconsin game, Nittany Lions linebacker Ellis Brooks was ejected for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Badgers quarterback Graham Mertz. The hit from Brooks wasn’t brutal at all, but the officials ultimately ruled it targeting.
Fox broadcaster Joel Klatt was clearly upset about the call. He then made his case for college football changing the rulebook when it comes targeting.
“The guy is not out there head-hunting, he’s playing fast,” Klatt said. “It’s a violent sport. This is a good player, a really good player. He’s the heart and soul of this defense right now. He shouldn’t be ejected from the game. If you want to throw a flag, throw a flag. We got to fix this in college football.”
"We got to fix this."
Joel Klatt went off on the the ejection rule as a result of targeting.pic.twitter.com/3ENhCeDTo7
— The Sporting News (@sportingnews) September 4, 2021
Most of the college football world agrees with Klatt’s take on the targeting rule.
“Joel Klatt calling the targeting rule a disgrace is spot on,” Bobby Reagan of Barstool Sports said. “One of the dumbest things we have going in all of sports. NCAA will take years to change it though.”
Joel Klatt calling the targeting rule a disgrace is spot on. One of the dumbest things we have going in all of sports. NCAA will take years to change it though
— Bobby Reagan (@BarstoolReags) September 4, 2021
Packers defensive tackle Kenny Clark also chimed in on the conversation, tweeting “I hate the targeting call in college football.”
I hate the targeting call in college football. These guys shouldn’t be ejected.
— Kenny Clark (@KCBoutThatLife) September 4, 2021
Fortunately, that controversial targeting call didn’t cost the Nittany Lions. James Franklin’s defense came up with two crucial interceptions in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter.
Penn State will be back in action next Saturday against Ball State.