You be the judge.
Should there have been a targeting call against Iowa’s Jaleel Johnson on the play that led to Michigan QB Wilton Speight’s injury on Saturday night?
Michigan is keeping quiet on how long Speight could be out. Though Speight is reportedly out for the rest of the regular season, Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh declines to confirm a report that Speight suffered a broken collarbone. Harbaugh said Speight remains “questionable.”
Here’s a look at the play in question:
Here’s how the officials rule on targeting:
Targeting and Initiating Contact with the Crown of the Helmet (Rule 9-1-3)
No player shall target and initiate contact against an opponent with the crown (top) of his helmet. When in question, it is a foul.
Targeting and Initiating Contact to Head or Neck Area of a Defenseless Player (Rule 9-1-4)
No player shall target and initiate contact to the head or neck area of a defenseless opponent with the helmet, forearm, fist, elbow or shoulder. When in question, it is a foul. (Rule 2-27-14)
Note: Beginning in 2013, ejection from the game is a part of the penalty for violation of both Rule 9-1-3 and Rule 9-1-4.
It’s important to note that Michigan’s Devin Bush Jr. was called for targeting in the first half of the 14-13 loss to Iowa. He was ejected for hitting a rolling Iowa punter.
Devin Bush was ejected for targeting on this play. Tame, to say the absolute least. https://t.co/zzLpO4NCaj
— Dion Caputi (@nfldraftupdate) November 13, 2016
Now we want your thoughts. Do you think the hit on Speight should have been called for targeting?