Jeff Monken is a little defensive about all the cut blocking talk.
Several of Georgia’s defenders spent the week leading up to the game complaining about GSU’s style of blocking, and what appeared to be a legal play took the Eagles out of a first-and-goal situation.
“On that play, (UGA nose tackle) John (Jenkins) came towards me and I scooped him, just like it’s legal in the rule book,” McBurnett said. “I haven’t seen the play or anything, but if the ref called it, you’ve got to live with it.”
Monken said it was exactly like a play he reviewed with the officials before the game, on video taken from Georgia Tech’s game against Georgia in 2011. He said the refs agreed that the play they reviewed on tape was legal.
Monken was surprised how much attention was paid by the media to GSU’s blocking during the days leading up to the contest.
“I’ve never heard so much talk about blocking below the waist, and cut blocks, and oh my God,” Monken said. “We coach our guys to play legally. Blocking below the waist is legal. I don’t think it’s any more dangerous than tackling below the waist. In fact, tackling below the waist might be more dangerous.”
Yes, yes, yes, cut blocking is legal, as we’ve been told time and time again. But allow me to have the nerve to suggest that any technique that motivates a coach to educate the officials on just where the edge of the envelope lies is probably a technique that isn’t in college football’s best interest to allow. It’s really something the NCAA needs to take a hard look at if player safety concerns aren’t just a bunch of talk. Because it’s too easy to cross that edge, even if you play with the best of intentions.