For the second straight week, the SEC has suspended a player for an illegal hit, and this time the league office looks like it made the right call.
South Carolina defensive back D.J. Swearinger was given a one-game suspension by the league for his hit on UAB receiver Patrick Hearn in last week's game. The league explained that Swearinger's hit was a violation of the NCAA rule which says, "No player shall target and initiate contact to the head or neck area of a defenseless opponent with the helmet, forearm, elbow or shoulder."
There doesn't appear to be much question this hit was a violation of that rule. Swearinger takes a shot at the defenseless receiver's head with his helmet. Last week, Ole Miss safety Trae Elston was suspended, but his suspension was debatable because he appeared to strike the receiver's chest with his shoulder.
SEC defensive players should be careful about hitting receivers coming over the middle, because the conference is serious about cleaning up dangerous hits to the head.