The NCAA continues to crack down on hits it feels are too dangerous to remain legal. Defensive back for the Minnesota Golden Gophers Duke McGhee was ejected from today’s game following a brutal hit in which he lead with his helmet. The call was targeting.
Minnesota's Duke McGhee has been ejected after a targeting penalty. We have the play & explanation here. https://t.co/DL9w0BHeGH
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) October 29, 2016
Credit to Illinois wide receiver Malik Turner for holding on to the ball after a hit like that. McGhee was noticeably upset over the call. Because the hit was helmet to helmet, McGhee was ejected following a review. After the hit, Turner was transported to the hospital on a stretcher.
— ui7news (@ui7news) October 29, 2016
The targeting call has become prominent this year as defensive players struggle to adjust to the rules. It doesn’t seem that McGhee was going out of his way to hurt anybody, just a failure to react the the receivers position in a timely fashion.
These are the kind of hits that would have been lauded in the past, but due to the discovery of CTE and the effect of head to head collision’s for the players, the NCAA is cracking down to get these kinds of hits out of the game.