The SEC has finally addressed the elephant in the room from last Saturday’s LSU-Alabama game. The conference released an official statement on whether Dallas Turner’s hit on Jayden Daniels was targeting.
It was a play that had everyone around the country talking and a play that possibly altered the outcome. The Tigers had a 28-21 lead in the second half before Daniels was knocked out of the game.
Garrett Nussmeier came into the game for the Tigers, but he does not bring the same skills to the table. Here is Brian Kelly’s response to what the SEC had to say.
“Yeah, they felt like the play did not reach their definition of targeting,” he said, per On3. “I’ll give you an example – the tackle by Harold (Perkins) that was called a horse-collar tackle, and the tackle on Jayden (Daniels) that was not a horse-caller tackle – both were tackled by the back of the collar. But then there are semantics after that that change whether or not it’s horse-collar … or change whether or not that’s targeting,” Kelly said.
“So you can get hit in the face, but semantics would change whether or not that’s targeting. You can get grabbed by the back of the collar, but semantics then would change whether that’s a horse-collar tackle.”
Daniels’s status for Saturday’s game against the Florida Gators has improved to probable.