Auburn linebacker Deshaun Davis was ejected in the first quarter against Vanderbilt after this hit was deemed a targeting foul.
The Auburn faithful in Jordan-Hare didn’t like the call, but this one was pretty clear targeting. No, there wasn’t a helmet-to-helmet hit, but Davis lowered his head and initiated contact with the crown of his helmet. This kind of hit puts unnecessary pressure on the neck and spine, which is why it was included as part of the targeting rule.
Davis is a great player, but he has to keep his head up on those kind of plays. Davis was replaced by Illinois transfer T.J. Neal after the ejection.