Defensive players can no longer hit an offensive player without drawing a flag for unnecessary roughness.
In the Georgia-Oklahoma State game, the Big XII officials started to enforce one of the penalties that the NCAA adopted from their parent league, the NFL.
If a receiver gets hit too hard according to the official, they are to throw a flag for unnecessary roughness on the wide receiver.
Give me a break!
This is the game of football isn't it? Where players are supposed to hit opposing players so that they do not catch the ball?
They were not biased either, as they threw flags on both teams for hits that were just great hits.
On one of the plays, Shaun Chapas got his helmet almost knocked off, but the officials huddled up and decided there was no foul on the play.
The other instance was on a crucial third and long play where Reshad Jones knocked a Cowboy receiver into next week.
The officials decided not huddle and the call ended up being the game-breaker.
The game of football has started to become a game for the weak.
The officials are going to make it to where defensive players have to play cautious and worry about if they are going to draw a flag for hitting a player too hard.
The result is going to be players getting hurt.
Defensive players cannot stop on a dime and not hit an opposing player. They cannot stop in mid-air and avoid a collision.
I understand the need for a flag for helmet to helmet hits because those can cause serious injuries to both players, but being flagged for great clean hits are outrageous.
This is by no means an excuse as to why the Dawgs lost Saturday. The Dawgs played a team that was just a little bit better than they were at the end of the day.
Both teams played well with the Cowboys winning the turnover battle 2-0. In my mind that was the difference.
I just wish the officials would let these boys play football and play it the way it was meant to be played.