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Targeting Calls Are Working for the SEC

In a teleconference with the media, Steve Shaw, head of officials with the Southeastern Conference, said the enforcement of targeting offenses is working for the conference.

Over the first four weeks of the season, there have been three targeting calls, all of which have been upheld.refs-150x150

“I think our guys are really paying attention,” Shaw said on the call. “The coaches are doing a great job, and our officials are staying on point on this. Really, I think the rule is working.”

The comment reinforced what Shaw said in the pre-season 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.”

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SEC Coordinator of Officials Sees Benefits from Targeting Rule

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.”refs

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.”

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