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Indiana State’s Carlos Aviles ejected for helmet-to-helmet hit

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Indiana State's Carlos Aviles was thrown out of the Sycamores' game against Indiana for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Indiana's Shane Wynn.

And he's not going to be able to claim that he was wrongfully penalized either.

As Wynn waited to receive a punt, Aviles flattened him before Wynn even had a chance to receive the ball. The helmet-to-helmet contact was immediately called and Aviles was ejected from the game.

It's the exact type of contact that NCAA officials have been instructed to look for when enforcing the new targeting rule, much like the hit by North Carolina's Brandon Ellerbe that wasn't called on Thursday. On top of that, it's also a penalty for kick-catch interference because Aviles hit Wynn before he caught the punt. (Wynn was able to walk off the field under his own power.)

Any player ejected for targeting is subject to miss an entire game. Because the penalty happened in the second half of the game, Aviles will also miss the first half of Indiana State's game against Purdue. He was also the second ejection of the game, as Indiana's Jake Reed was thrown out for throwing a punch in the first half.

Earlier Thursday, Tulane's Lorenzo Doss became the first player to be ejected because of the new targeting rule for his hit against Jackson State, and a player from Missouri State was ejected as well for a targeting infraction.

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