October 18th, 2012 10:41 AM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Florida, LSU, South Carolina
Tags: Byron Jerideau, Kelcy Quarles, LSU, Steve Spurrier
The SEC is leaving the punishment of South Carolina defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles up to his coach. Quarles threw a clear punch at LSU offensive lineman PJ Lonergan following a first-quarter play in the Gamecocks’ 23-21 loss last Saturday.
Yesterday, Steve Spurrier said he will punish Quarles for his action (which can be seen here)… even though he also said he’s seen much harder punches during games than the one Quarles delivered to Lonergan’s facemask:
“Yes, we do have plans to discipline Kelcy for that. It was a… I guess you would call it a punch. I’ve seen a lot bigger punches. But he did sort of throw at him. I don’t even know if the LSU guy knew he threw a punch. I think it just sort of glanced off his shoulder pad or helmet or something in there. But I saw it, yeah. We don’t condone that.”
Spurrier might not condone it — he even said the player “possibly could” miss playing time — but he sure seems to be playing the incident down, doesn’t he? Here’s the rule: You don’t throw a punch on a football field. Whether it connects or not, whether it’s thrown with great force or not, you don’t do it. Period. End of story. Every coach, every player and every fan knows this.
But as it turns out, Quarles doesn’t sound like he’ll be a go for Florida this weekend due to injury.
Spurrier said it’s “very doubtful” his D-tackle will be ready to play Saturday after spraining his shoulder against LSU (photo at left).
Carolina’s two other top tackles — starter Byron Jerideau and backup JT Surratt — are currently dealing with sprained ankles. Spurrier said the two “hopefully could be ready” for this weekend’s showdown with Florida. Surratt would likely take Quarles spot in the starting lineup if he’s not healthy enough to play.
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