Texas A&M 12th man Cullen Gillaspia was probably not planning on getting inside the minds of the Tennessee Volunteers, but that’s exactly what he’s done today. Gillaspia is the honorary 12th man who received a scholarship after becoming a walk-on and he laid some lumber on Evan Berry on a kick return.
That led to two Tennessee players blocking him out of bounds on the next kick for a penalty. Then the next kick resulted in this nasty hit on Gillaspia from defensive back Nigel Warrior.
That hit doesn’t seem any worse than what happened Berry on his return, but apparently it was enough for the SEC officials to call a targeting penalty and eject Warrior from the game. That didn’t seem like a helmet-to-helmet hit and it came from the front rather than the back or the side so it should be considered clean. This is reason #487 why the targeting rule is one of the worst in the game.