During the Texas Longhorns’ double-overtime win over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the season-opener, safety DeShon Elliott became public enemy No. 1 for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Notre Dame wide receiver Torii Hunter Jr.
The big hit forced Hunter to leave the game. Hunter was then head out of the Fighting Irish’s Week 2 win over Nevada after being diagnosed with a concussion.
Elliott was not penalized for targeting on the hit — which saved the Longhorns from allowing a touchdown.
Now that people have had some time to look over the hit and emotions have settled, the sophomore safety commented on the play and insisted there was no malicious intent on the hit. Elliott even went as far as to personally apologize to Hunter for the hit.
“I tried to strike in the strike zone; I didn’t know I was that high up until after the game when I saw the video,” Elliott said, via the Austin American-Statesman. “I apologized to Torii Hunter… I’m glad they did not call targeting, though.”
Texas, which has gone from unranked to No. 11 in the nation in just two short weeks, returns to action this weekend on the road against Cal. While the Longhorns look to advance to 3-0 on the year, the Golden Bears will attempt to rebound from last week’s disappointing loss to San Diego State.