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What they're saying about the enforcement of college football's new targeting rule

Players, coaches and officials, including Texas A&M's Kevin Sumlin and Alabama's Nick Saban, weigh in on the enforcement of the targeting rule.
by Ryan Aber Modified: September 22, 2013 at 10:00 am •  Published: September 21, 2013

ACC supervisor of football officials Doug Rhoads: “What concerns me is that it's such a huge judgment call when a player is automatically ejected.”

Miami coach Al Golden: “Players only have a 12-, 13-, to 14-game window in a season, and to be penalized an entire game, is a very harsh penalty.”

Alabama safety Landon Collins: “It changes a lot. It's a lot more thinking now. You can't just go flying toward the ball or going any type of way toward the ball. You have to have a form tackle.”

Purdue cornerback Ricardo Allen: “I don't want to hit this man in his head and he can't hug his kids later on in life. I think the way the things are going, it's still going to be football, but you have to be more skilled for it. You have to make your tackles, you have to take your shots, but at the end of the day, you want to get this guy on the ground. Let this man go home and kiss his kids good night and not have somebody take care of him for the rest of his life.”

Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard: “I think it does change the approach of it. That's crazy. The game is played at such a fast level, it's so fast that you can't control some stuff. It's very tough, because they're moving in a certain way and you're trying to move a certain way trying not to do it, but you end up doing it.”

Missouri linebacker Donovan Bonner: “We've practiced how to hit. But you're going at full speed, full pace, it's difficult to change.”