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College Football's 20 Biggest Cheap Shots in History

Dan VastaSenior Writer IIIJanuary 11, 2017

College Football's 20 Biggest Cheap Shots in History

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    There are way too many cheap shots to go over in the history of the sport, but a ton in recent memory has been brought to the nation’s attention.

    In the current days of social media and youtube, we no longer just talk about it around the water cooler.

    Whether it is a defensive player jumping on a pile several seconds after an obvious whistle was blown or perhaps a player just allowing his emotions to get the best of him, these are normally the definition of a cheap shot.

    Looking at the more popular videos available, here are your dirtiest and cheapest hits we have ever seen on the college football gridiron.

    Note: Feel free to drop some of your most memorable cheap shots and provide the video if possible. I am only posting the ones I could find video on. Enjoy!

Woody Hayes vs. Charlie Bauman…Round 1…Fight!

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    It was Woody Hayes' final game as a coach and it was a loss in the 1980 Gator Bowl to Clemson.

    He grabbed the throat of Charlie Bauman and punched him. Although Bauman was not injured, Ohio State fired Hayes the next day.

LaGarette Blount Throws a Mean Jab

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    Byron Hout went down like a ton of bricks after Oregon running back Lagarette Blount popped him silly. It was absolutely uncalled for despite Hout appearing to be the one to escalade everything.

    Then to make matters worse Blount went insane after he thought a Boise State fan urged him to fight and whether it was the not so nice words or just the emotions of losing, he paid the price.

    Blount was suspended for ten games and still to this day it ranks as one of the most popular and cheapest shots in college football history.

Sean Glennon Takes a Shot

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    This hit may not seem like a big deal, but a late hit penalty is an easy call, especially this one from Miami’s Eric Moncur.

    This type of play doesn't defy you necessarily as a dirty player (some would disagree), football is a game filled with emotions and sometimes they get the best of you.

    Still, plays like these can cost your team at the end of the day and your perception as a player can be changed.

Micanor Regis Goes Low on North Carolina

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    Miami's defensive end Micanor Regis is in a pile with a few of his Hurricanes. It looks to be your simple pile with a ton of players on top of the opposing player.

    However, usually something occurs when there is a pile and it does not have to be that heated. Regis does not make the smartest of decisions when he gives a quick jab to the groin region of North Carolina’s wide receiver Dwight Jones.

    How dirty was this play? 

    Was this unforgivable or just one of those, I am dumb and I got caught up in the moment?

Marcus Vick Not Thinking

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    Marcus Vick was not known for being the smartest quarterback during his time at Virginia Tech.

    He had some legit talent and was fun to watch, but even when he celebrated after a touchdown he nearly did something silly and this was once again one of those cases.

    Vick did not stop and think that everybody may see what dirty antic he is trying to accomplish.

    Note: Michael Vick if I am not mistaken is talking as a guest during this play

Boise State Laying the Boomdown, Illegally

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    There is nothing wrong with giving a player a legit lick at the chest whether he is crossing the middle of the field or coming right at you.

    However, going after his head or hitting him after the player(s) (or throw) is just downright dirty.

Mike McNeil Leading with the Head Against Kyle Parker

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    It was one of your typical tough calls to make on whether or not a penalty should have been flagged, but leading with your helmet is no-no for any player.

    When you are a linebacker you cannot go around leading with your head, especially on a defenseless player’s back.

Troy Polamalu Blows Up Aaron Lockett

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    Yes, you heard me right. Polamalu formerly with the USC Trojans annihilates Mr. Lockett of Kansas State who awaits the punt. Troy was well past the space for Locket to receive the ball.

    In fact, Lockett was never even given the chance to catch the ball as it was a pure intentional and cheap lick.

    Nobody has enjoyed watching Troy lay out kids with the Steelers more than I have, but this was one of those shots that was unnecessary and completely uncalled for. 

Joe Kemp Gets Obliterated

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    Tulane’ quarterback Joe Kemp was obliterated by Philip Hunt and the whistle was clearly blown seconds before the hit took place.

    However, this is once again of those situations where linebackers are so into the game with a deafening crowd (although this wasn’t that loud) that opposing defensive players have a hard time listening and or slowing down.

    Still, when you get off the edge that clean and the quarterback pulls up like that, common sense should come into play even for the fiercest competitors. 

Vontaze Burfict Being Himself

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    Vontaze Burfict was not exactly the type of player who used his brain a whole lot. Instead he played off raw emotion and more times than not it ended up costing his team and his draft stock.

    His senior season absolutely plummeted and many including myself thought he was going to have a productive senior season. O, boy we looked nearly as bad as Burfict doing his best Zinedine Zidane headbutting impersonations.

Honey Badgers Loses His Head a Bit

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    Tyrann Mathieu does his best John Cena impersonation as he clotheslines Dre Kirkpatrick on this punt. I love the Honey Badger, but even I will admit this penalty was the right decision and that it was a dirty play.

    It was not as if Mathieu got tangled up because he was the one that initiated the contact. This was not completely ridiculous as we have seen penalties like this every season (arguably week) on the gridiron.  

William Gholston Gets Too Personal with "Shoelace"

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    These two will be ready for each other in 2012, but this hit seemed like an hour after the play was over. A player cannot just jump at his own will when the play ends well before you even start to leave your feet.

    Yet, this is one of those moments in a rivalry game and with all the hype that Denard Robinson and Michigan get as opposed to the Spartans, where it does not come as a shock. 

    The bottom line is that this was not the first time this sort of play had occurred under all of those circumstances explained. 

A Knee to an Unpleasant Region

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    Jonathan Brown looked back at the ref as if he wanted to get flagged for his knee to the groin.

    It didn't look completely malicious according to some, but there is never a place for this in football. Whether it is a knee or a punch to the lower region, this is bogus.

Nick Fairley Laying the Smackdown WWE Style

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    Well the freak defensive tackle took his shots against Aaron Murray, albeit some of them in this were illegal.

    Shots to the knee on top of a few WWE body slams were fun to watch if you were at such an event, but this was after the whistle which goes down as some brutal and inexcusable acts.

Lead with the Head Much?

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    Taylor Mays absolutely destroyed Jordan Norwood so bad he may not remember what he had for breakfast, lunch and dinner for the next decade (or from).

    The next video is one of Erik Decker suffering a broken jaw and concussion, despite coming down with the touchdown grab.

Nick Reid Lays out Allan Evridge

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    It may be a rivalry game between the Jayhawks and Wildcats, but this is classic dumb football.

    Go ahead take the quarterback out, but you will cost yourself playing time and more importantly your team vital downs and yardage.

Robert Blanton Gets Take out After Play

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    Another classic case of your unnecessary cheap shot that is not only completely away from the play, but the whistle was blown and the play was over. 

Shareece Wright Gives Jake Locker a Licking of a Lifetime

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    There is no place for this in college football let alone any level. Jake Locker is well out of bounds, but that did not stop the defensive back from leveling Locker into another galaxy.

Husker Knocks out Lights of Non-Threatening Fan

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    They always say it is dangerous to rush the field, but not because an opposing player will knock your lights out.

    That player was cornerback Kellen Hutson, who punched and knocked out a Missouri fan (Matthew Scott).

    Besides getting a broken nose, Scott was knocked unconscious and the video is just disheartening to watch.

    Violence should never even cross the thought process, especially in sports.

    We often learn more about ourselves in sports when we lose a game as opposed to when we win and that is stated best outside the world of sports. 

Dirtiest Play Ever?

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    Marquel Wade blew up a defenseless Jonathan Krause (punt returner) and the ejection (and flag) was clearly the obvious, correct call.

    It was one of the more bogus hits we saw not only from all of last season, but arguably in forever.

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