Steve Shaw, the SEC’s coordinator of officials, says the league’s new targeting rule has produced desirable results.
Shaw noted at SEC Media Days that he sees “evidence of players lowering the target and sometimes pulling up on an unnecessary hit so they’re not at risk for a targeting disqualification. The rule has done what we wanted to do and we need to stay with it.”
Shaw also noted that the league is making it a point of emphasis to penalize defensive players, who hit quarterback in the knee area. This was a fear when the targeting rule was implemented that defensive players would lower their target area too far.
Shaw said the SEC now has a defacto strike zone: “You hit them above the knee and below the neck.”