Another Georgia football game, another Bulldog ejected under the new targeting rule. This time, in the game against Appalachian State, strong safety Corey Moore was thrown out of the game for hitting a receiver a tad bit too high.
Targeting foul called on Georgia's Corey Moore. He has been DQ'd for the game. He will still be available for Auburn. 6:05 2Q— AJC UGA (@ajcuga) November 9, 2013
Georgia players are quite used to getting thrown out of games, as Georgia's Ray Drew received the same treatment a few weeks ago for a questionable call against Vanderbilt.
The controversy continues.
You can click here to see the hit. (Caption of video includes foul language)
Notice how the Appalachian State wide receiver is in the air as he makes an attempt to catch the football. As he comes down, the only place Moore can make contact is near the upper-chest and head areas. He did not lead with his helmet and instead put his shoulder pad into the receiver's chest. It's the only play he had as a defensive player.
Corey Moore played that well. Incredible technique under the circumstances. He gets penalized and ejected for it.— Jonathan Branch (@TheReadOption) November 9, 2013
And this is where the controversy begins. At what point are defenders allowed to play football? They can't hit high because they will be flagged and thrown out of the game. They can't hit low because it puts players at risk in fear of a knee injury.
What do they do?
Sure, some hits make you cringe and there are plays were guys are headhunters. But we've seen countless plays throughout the season where a clean hit has resulted in a player getting thrown out of a game for no reason.
I guess the bright side is that Georgia is playing a non-BCS school, and Moore will still be available for next week's big game against Auburn.