SALT LAKE CITY — When Marquise Blair and Leki Fotu were ejected for targeting during Utah’s 21-7 loss to Washington two weeks ago, the decisions spurred a variety of reactions.
Some bemoaned the calls, lamenting the end of football as we know it. Others defended the referees, citing the rule book.
Two weeks after the incident, Blair is set to return for the entire contest against Washington State, while Fotu must sit out the first half.
The issue, it would seem, is nearly behind the Utes, but head coach Kyle Whittingham was again asked about targeting at his Monday afternoon press conference.
“We have a clear idea of what is explained, it just doesn’t seemed to be called consistently, in that same fashion.”
Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham on targeting penalties
The main reason for the inquiry — a penalty or lack thereof against USC linebacker Porter Gustin in the Trojans’ 39-36 victory over Washington State.
Porter Gustin missed the 1st half tonight due to targeting in the last game… and now he's doing this?? pic.twitter.com/RMym4s5rZA
— CFB Gif'er (@CFBgifer) September 22, 2018
Compared to either Blair or Fotu’s infractions, Gustin’s late hit on Washington State quarterback Gardner Minshew II seemed particularly excessive, and yet the Salem Hills native wasn’t penalized.
Called him the “hardest hitting safety in the nation” on our podcast.
Marquise Blair proving me right pic.twitter.com/6v4xAmJilM
— Pick Six Previews (@PickSixPreviews) September 16, 2018
Needless to say, targeting is a source of much confusion.
“We are coaching (targeting) just like we always have, no helmet to helmet, don’t lead with the head, don’t launch. All those things that go into the call,” Whittingham said. “It does seem to be called differently from conference to conference, I can tell you that. You see plays that you think would be no brainers, but they aren’t called. That makes it difficult to try to pinpoint the consistency of the call.
“We have a clear idea of what is explained, it just doesn’t seemed to be called consistently, in that same fashion,” he continued. “That is what is frustrating. You have the verbiage on it. You know what they …read more
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