LSU LB Devin White to Miss 1st Half of Alabama Game
In a devastating targeting penalty during the 4th quarter of LSU's win over Mississippi State, 19-3, Saturday, October 20, 2018, the SEC has ruled that LSU linebacker Devin White must sit out the first half of LSU's next game, which just happens to be against top ranked Alabama, Saturday, November 3rd, 2018 in Baton Rouge.
White was penalized for targeting late in the 4th quarter after he hit Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald. He was then ejected from the game. The SEC released the following statement in response:
By rule, no player shall target and make forcible contact to the head or neck area of a defenseless opponent,” the statement read. “The QB on the play was defenseless at the time of the contact. By rule, all targeting calls are reviewed. The call was reviewed and confirmed.
According to CBS Sports, White, the junior linebacker, had 10 tackles in the game prior to the penalty, as well as a pass break up and quarterback hurry. LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva is working to get the SEC to reconsider the suspension.
LSU has a bye next Saturday and will enter Tiger Stadium the following Saturday to take on Alabama with a 7-1 record for the season. And thus begins the drama leading up to the annual LSU vs. Bama matchup.
A lot of LSU fans are questioning the call, especially at the gathering where we watched the game. Here's the play in question. Tell us what you think about the call in the comments section below.