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Bequette Hit On Shaw Not Dirty At All

For the past 24 hours my inbox has been peppered with emails from South Carolina fans.  They want to know why I’m not predicting — or calling for — a suspension of Arkansas defensive end Jake Bequette after his concussion-inducing sack of Connor Shaw on Saturday night.  Even a few columnists have claimed that the play was dirty.

Here it is for those missed it:




So why aren’t we at MrSEC.com calling this shot cheap and dirty?  Because it wasn’t. 

It was rough and it was brutal, but it was simply a tackle.  While Bequette’s helmet did come into contact with Shaw’s, Bequette didn’t lead with the crown of his helmet.  If anything, it was the front of his helmet, not the top that collided with Shaw’s. 

As two upright bodies crash into one another, how is the front of a defender’s helmet not going to make contact with his opponent’s?  There’s a difference between the front of a helmet and the crown (top).

Also, some have said Bequette slammed Shaw to the turf, but it looks like a standard tackle to this writer.  Again, how else could Bequette have made that play?

There’s a clear difference between Bequette’s play and that of fellow Razorback Marquel Wade a week ago. 




Wade lowered his head — which was a danger to himself and his opponent — before going straight into the head of Vanderbilt’s Jonathan Krause.

Bequette didn’t lower his head and didn’t appear to be going for anything other than a quarterback sack. 

Does that mean the SEC won’t suspend Bequette?  Not definitively.  I can’t speak for Mike Slive.

But we would be surprised if the SEC took a stand on such a normal-looking football play.  The NFL has backed itself into a corner to where any player who makes any contact with any quarterback or receiver’s head — intentionally or accidentally — will receive a fine.  So even if a defender puts his helmet into a quarterback’s sternum and that helmet slides up into the passer’s facemask as they both fall down… that defender will be fined.  That’s ridiculous.

The SEC isn’t likely to set that kind of precedent.  Bequette’s hit was rough, but it sure doesn’t compare — at least not in MrSEC.com’s view — to Wade hit or the dirty shots delivered in the recent Georgia-Vanderbilt game.

 


6 comments
Michael
Michael

I've watched SEC football for 30 and NFL football for 30 years plus. His helmet makes contact with Shaw's helmet. That video makes it more clear than the live one I believe. Shaws arms are limp before he hits the ground. He's out before he hits the ground. I've seen far less called a penalty when it's committed against the conference's big boys. He was already flagged for one dirty hit and should have been for another prior to this hit. Spin it all you want, but there's a clear double standard in the SEC. You see it just about every week. See Vandy-UF (and I'm a Gator alum). It's really disgusting to watch.

pork shank redemption
pork shank redemption

Spurrier also thought it was a dirty hit in last years UA v SC game when Jericho Nelson decleated the same victim, Connor Shaw, near the sideline on a QB scramble. After that play last year, Spurrier could be heard yelling "throw him out of the game." The replay showed, again, that it was a clean hit, just like this year.
Spurrier is old and tired and he needs to grab the visor and a metal detector and head to where the rest of the retirees hang out.

redhog
redhog

Crazy year in college football and this goes right along with it. This was one of the best and cleanest tackles you will ever see...textbook. Really think Spurrier is tired of getting beat by Ark in big games....period. Hey Steve if you want to be mad and place blame you might look at the weak side of your offensive line and especially # 50 who missed his block and almost got his QB killed. Oh yea and start thinking about FL or you are going to get beat again.

markiedog
markiedog

Ocelot- It's good to hear from a fan of the game. While it was a rough tackle, it was completely legal. Most of the blame should be put on #50 who through the coveted "Look-out" block. You and I both know that with Lattimore and the other players you had missing, this would have been a really good, tight game. Best of luck to the Gamecocks the rest of the season. I look at you guys as the Arkansas of the East.

ocelot
ocelot

As a Gamecock fan, it seems like fans are upset about the loss and wanting to misdirect frustration by saying things like, "What a dirty shot!" etc.

Anyone with any sense of rationality knows that it wasn't dirty, cheap, or anything in the realm of Wade's hit the previous week.

We got smoked by a better team, and beat up. Quit crying about it and play better this week.

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