Targeting Rule Gets a Facelift, 'Quarterback Hit Zone' Introduced

July 16, 2014 at 10:49a    by DJ Byrnes    
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Imagine getting a speeding ticket, having the charges dropped in court, but still having to pay the fines.

That was basically how targeting worked in 2013. Even if it was overturned by the booth, the 15-yard penalty stood.

But no longer:

That's not all. Now, there's a "quarterback hit zone," which is basically from the neck down to the knees. (The NFL's "Tom Brady rule," basically.)


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lsjSnail's picture

I don't understand how they fucked that up in the first place. It seems like such a basic principle to have. 

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Buckeyevstheworld's picture

They might as well put the QBs in the no-contact jersey. :/

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Hovenaut's picture

Hi.

I am not very smart, but I recognize that I am not very smart.

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Buckeyevstheworld's picture

I thought I said QBs...

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Hovenaut's picture

Right.

Sorry...wrong number.
 

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Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist's picture

Until players stop suing, they might as well play touch. 

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apack614's picture

This whole thing is getting out of control they are football players with full understanding that sometimes as the QB you get sacked, you are going to get hit. It is part of the game, of course roughing the passer, and helmet to helmet penalties should be here but no one player should get special treatment for getting hit

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holein1's picture
NCAA keeps moving towards Sarcastaball
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Buckeyevstheworld's picture

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

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dubjayfootball90's picture

welp, boss walked right out of his office and behind me when I am looking at this picture and the gif of Brady dancing... Great awkward moment

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buckeyedog's picture

What happens if a lineman raps up the quarterback around the calves or ankles? Is that a penalty? I get the head stuff and I could understand if they were trying to protect knees, but below the knees seems kind of weird to me. 

45OH4IO's picture

So what happens if a QB gets hit in a non-conference game? What do SEC officials do if they are reffing a B1G vs. ACC game?

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Ask ESPN?

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Tater_Schroeder's picture

I'm not old enough to have seen Jack Tatum play. If all these new rules were in effect then, would he even have been allowed to play??

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Knarcisi's picture

That's the NCAA for you. Clean up one rule then create another that will be equally as controversial. Wait til a defender comes off a block, rolls into the QB legs just making a football play and gets flagged on a 3rd and long incompletion late in a critical game.