Targeting has been one of the most controversial topics in college football for a long time. Unfortunately there was another questionable ejection this weekend, as Missouri linebacker Nick Bolton was called for targeting in the first half against Arkansas.
Almost every single person watching the Arkansas-Missouri game thought Bolton delivered a clean hit on his opponent. He led with his shoulder and managed to move his helmet out of the way, yet that wasn’t enough to stop the officiating crew from throwing a flag.
Bolton’s hit may have looked violent in full speed, but it’s a routine collision over the middle of the field. This happens in almost every game, but it’s usually not penalized – nor should it be.
Former NFL offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz ripped the SEC officials for ejecting Bolton. Additionally, he believes it’s time for the NCAA to revisit the targeting rule.
“The NCAA, or whoever, needs to spend time this offseason reviewing the targeting rule,” Schwartz tweeted. “It’s not helping the game. This is a legal hit. Yes, it’s violent. But that’s football.”
The NCAA, or whoever, needs to spend time this offseason reviewing the targeting rule. It’s not helping the game. This is a legal hit. Yes, it’s violent. But that’s football pic.twitter.com/JH39dqkR8J
— Geoff Schwartz (@geoffschwartz) December 5, 2020
This targeting call by the officials could loom large for Bolton, who’s in the race for SEC Defensive Player of the Year.
Bolton will have to miss the second half of action against Arkansas and the first half of next weekend’s showdown with Georgia. That could potentially prevent him from winning the award.