why are other plays being brought up regarding this incident? Does another bad hit in another game make this a legit hit? No. The kid hit someone early, he led with his helmet, and he made a fool of himself on the sideline saluting people as he was led off the field. He deserves any negativity he gets. Now is he Fairley-esque in intentionally trying to hurt someone? I doubt it. But he made a bad play and should/well suffer the consequences. I just love how fans of said team try to color everything to make it more rosy than it is. I was at the game and I had level headed arkansas fans around me that told me it was BS too bad they aren't represented here.
Freshman receiver Marquel Wade — ejected from Saturday’s game with Vanderbilt after delivering a helmet-to-helmet shot to a defenseless punt returner and then celebrating the hit — apologized during Bobby Petrino’s weekly press conference today.
According to Robbie Neiswanger of ArkansasNews.com, Wade said, “I was wrong. I thought he had the ball.” When asked about the little hopstep he made as bobbed to the sideline post-hit, Wade said, “I thought I just made a good play. That’s all I can say about that.”
Wade also apologized for any embarrassment he act may have caused the Arkansas program.
Wade’s apology is a step in the right direction. We don’t believe the young man should be suspended for the remainder of the season, booted from the Arkansas team, or drawn and quartered as some have suggested. (The drawing and quartering is an exaggeration, for you literalists out there.)
But we do feel — as we stated earlier today — that he should receive a full-game suspension from the SEC for his hit. It was the kind of play that needs to be held up to all league players as an example of what not to do.
An inch or two this way or that way and we could be talking about a very serious injury today. For Vandy’s Jonathan Krause or for Wade. The league must crackdown on players launching themselves to make helmet-to-helmet hits.