Steve Shaw repeated a message at SEC Media Days that you should keep filed in the back of your mind to avoid some frustration this fall. He’s got the new targeting protocols gamed out. It’s up to you to keep up with him.
Now the 15-yard penalty will be wiped out on simply targeting calls if they are overturned but not if roughing the passer is also called.
Shaw said fans need to listen up for an official’s call on the field.
“It’s a subtle part of his announcement,” Shaw said. “If you hear him announce personal foul/roughing the passer with targeting regardless of the review the 15-yard penalty (will be assessed).”
Actually, that’s a message for the replay official. We’ll be just along for the ride. If an official on the field thinks something smells like targeting and makes a dual-penalty call like that, he’s making sure that a 15-yard hit is coming, regardless of what the replay might indicate. Call it making the crime fit the penalty, if you’d like. But I doubt we’ll be calling it subtle.