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Texas Tech Player Who Delivered Dirty Hit On Oklahoma's Kennedy Brooks Apologizes

Eli Howard with a dirty hit on Kennedy Brooks.

During Saturday afternoon's contest between Oklahoma and Texas Tech, a Red Raiders defender took what appeared to be a cheap shot on Sooners running back Kennedy Brooks following an interception. After the game, he took to Twitter to explain what happened.

Eli Howard, the player who delivered the hit, says that he thought it was a "bang-bang" play in his head. Now that he's seen video, he understands how it might have come across as a dirty play.

Howard assured fans it wasn't intentional and apologized to Brooks. He also apologized to his head coach and his athletic director.

"Obviously, my personal foul play has been receiving a lot of attention through social media. During the play, I thought my player (ball carrier) had the corner & I tried to help by laying down a block. However, I had already launched when the ball carrier had stepped out of bounds.

Personally, I truly felt like it was a "bang bang" play. But it's easy to build your own perception with a remote in your hand. The block was illegal & could easily be viewed as "dirty" without a doubt. But I can assure you it wasn't intentional.

There is a fine line between playing hard & playing safe. Sadly, I put another player in harms way & I accept full responsibility, this game is violent enough, let alone with an illegal hit. Players need to take care of each other. I was told he was able to walk of the field & I pray there isn't a significant injury. With this being said, I would like to apologize to Coach Wells & the rest of the Texas Tech program. This is not the playing style he coaches or accepts.

I did not represent my university well. Also, I would like to apologize to the player I hit illegally & again, I truly hope he is okay. Hope y'all can forgive me! Wreck Em."

If you haven't seen the play, you can watch it below:

It's unclear if Howard will face further punishment from either the Big 12 or his own program. But it's nice to see that he's owning up to his mistake either way.

Hopefully, Brooks is okay as well. We'll keep you updated on his injury status.