Michigan State linebacker Chris Frey Jr. was on the receiving end of a vicious helmet-to-helmet hit during the Spartans’ 32-23 loss to Michigan last Saturday.
Frey lay on the turf for quite some time before getting up. He then returned three plays later, prompting criticism from many about the Spartans’ concussion protocol.
Frey’s father, Chris Frey Sr., voiced his opinion on Twitter on Monday, asking that the questions be directed at the Big Ten’s officiating and not Michigan State’s training staff.
“Why don’t you start asking the (Big Ten) about a targeting review that they skipped?” Frey Sr. asked.
Instead of asking questions about our MSU Training Staff. Why don't you start asking the BIG about a targeting review that they skipped.
— Chris Frey Sr. (@bigcfrey) October 31, 2016
Frey Sr. isn’t alone in his assessment. The broadcasters announcing the game asked on air if the officials should review the play. In addition, Fox Sports rules analyst and former vice president of officiating in the NFL Mike Pereira said that the play should have resulted in a targeting penalty.
Agree with the announcers in Michigan State. Replay should have gotten involved and called targeting on the blindside block.
— Mike Pereira (@MikePereira) October 29, 2016
The Big Ten does review calls such as the one involving Frey on Saturday in its normal postgame officiating review process.
“The play will be reviewed by the conference, but there will be no further action at this time,” Adam Augustine, the Big Ten’s director of communications, told Land of 10 via email.
Here is the hit from Saturday. What do you think?