Much has been made of what occurred in the aftermath of the helmet-to-helmet collision that Michigan State linebacker Chris Frey Jr. was on the receiving end of last Saturday.
Many observers criticized Michigan State’s training staff for allowing Frey to return to the game three plays later. Others, including Frey’s father, condemned the Big Ten officiating crew for not issuing a targeting penalty on Michigan’s Devin Bush.
As for Frey, the 6-foot-2, 227-pound junior said it’s simply football.
“It’s football, it happens,” Frey told the Detroit Free Press’ Chris Solari. “Good for him. It’s a big hit. But I’m still standing here.”
Frey also added that he does not have a concussion. He is expected to play in the Spartans’ game against Illinois this week.
“I’m perfectly fine. I have no concussion,” Frey said. “It’s football, and it happens. Our doctors and our training staff put me through a full concussion protocol. I did multiple things where I have to focus on different things while memorizing something else. They made sure I could focus on something and then, a couple minutes later, I would have to remember the four or five things that they had asked me.So they put me through the whole thing. And as soon as I was done with that, I ran over to Coach and said, ‘Get me back in the game.’”
The Big Ten reviewed the hit on Frey as part of its normal postgame officiating review process. But the conference announced on Tuesday that the blindside hit did not meet the requirement for a targeting penalty to be issued.
“In regards to the play from Saturday’s Michigan-Michigan State game, the play was in fact reviewed, and in the judgment of the replay official, the standard of clear and obvious indicators of targeting required for the replay booth to create a targeting call were not met and no penalty was called on the play,” the statement reads, per MLive.com’s Kyle Austin.
Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio reportedly declined to comment on what Big Ten officials told him regarding the hit.
But Dantonio likely feels better knowing that Frey is healthy. Frey leads Michigan State in tackles with 66 this season.