Notre Dame’s Jerry Tillery is public enemy No. 1 following Saturday’s blowout loss to the USC Trojans.
On two separate occasions, the sophomore defensive lineman clearly delivered dirty shots to downed USC players. The first incident came after USC running back Aca’Cedric Ware took a big hit from Fighting Irish defensive back Nicco Fertitta, the nephew of former UFC co-owner Frank Fertitta.
Fertitta was ejected for targeting on the play.
While Ware laid on the ground with a head injury, Tillery came into the picture and clearly kicked the USC running back in the head.
Here’s another look at Tillery nonchalantly kicking Ware’s head.
The act went unnoticed.
Later in the game, Tillery stomped on the leg of USC offensive lineman Zach Banner, who was laying on the turf. This time around, the referees flagged Tillery and head coach Brian Kelly delivered a stern message on the sideline.
Tillery didn’t even try to hide this action.
There is no place for that kind of behavior in football and Notre Dame should step in and suspend Tillery, who was suspended for last season’s bowl game for a violation of team rules, for the postseason.
The Fighting Irish ultimately lost to USC, 45-27, but Tillery was the nation’s biggest loser on the day.