(♀) Team chargervol
- Nov 14, 2012
"The NCAA and NFL have both implemented stiffer penalties for players regarding targeting and blindside blocks.
The newest of the bunch in college this season will be “confirming” a targeting penalty to remove any ambiguity concerning the play.
Previously, officials could confirm the call, in which instance the player would be ejected; they could say that the call on the field stands; or, they could overturn the call, resulting in a waiving of the 15-yard penalty and ejection.
This new rule change removes “the call stands” option for officials, which means a targeting penalty must be “confirmed” in order to eject a player from the game.
By definition, targeting means that a player takes aim at an opponent for purposes of attacking with forcible contact that goes beyond making a legal tackle or a legal block or playing the ball. Launching, a crouch with upward thrust and leading with the helmet are all indicators “95 plus percent of the time”, according to Shaw.
On another note, blindside blocks are now illegal. A blindside block is defined as an open field block against an opponent that is initiated from outside the opponent’s field of vision, or otherwise in such a manner that the opponent cannot reasonably defend himself against the block. An exception is when the runner or receiver is in the act of attempting to make a catch.
No player shall deliver a blindside block by attacking an opponent with forcible contact. This results in a personal foul and a 15-yard penalty. In addition, if this action meets all the elements of targeting, the call can be deemed a blindside block with targeting, which would result in an ejection from the game.
The NCAA had already approved stricter penalties for targeting earlier this year. While players already face a half-game suspension following a targeting ejection, now, three in one season will result in a full-game suspension."