It took all of one day of college football to get a targeting call that some people probably aren’t happy about.
During Saturday’s South Florida and San Jose State game, defensive lineman Deadrin Senat was ejected after this hit on SJSU quarterback Josh Love.
The ref threw the flag immediately, as Love got up and taunted back at Senat knowing that the lineman would be ejected.
By the rulebook, this does appear to fit the definition of targeting. Senat lowers his head and makes hard contact above the neck on Love. Senat appeared to know it immediately, as he reacted right after the hit as if he knew what happened, but had incidentally made the contact. Unfortunately for him, incidental contact didn’t matter here.