Shea Pitts Ejected from UCLA Spring Game for Targeting on Hit on Austin Burton

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistApril 21, 2018

PHOENIX, AZ - DECEMBER 26:  Quarterback Austin Burton #12 of the UCLA Bruins throws the football prior to the Cactus Bowl against Kansas State Wildcats at Chase Field on December 26, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Kansas State Wildcats won 35-17.  (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)
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The UCLA spring game featured more contact than usual for an intrasquad scrimmage.

Defensive back Shea Pitts was ejected for targeting after a hit on quarterback Austin Burton, per Thuc Nhi Nguyen of the Southern California News Group.

Pitts returned to the field after being "granted a pardon," per Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times.

While spring games are only exhibitions, referees are used in part to help players prepare for the upcoming season. It's not often, however, that officials have to make a targeting call for an unnecessary hit on an opponent-teammate.

Considering the offense came against a quarterback, Pitts will probably hear about it quite a bit.

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