New player ejection rule will be controversial
Posted July 24, 2013
Updated July 25, 2013
Greensboro, N.C. — The most important rules change for the 2013 college football season was by far the most discussed by ACC coaches during the league’s Kickoff event earlier this week in Greensboro, N.C.
The new rule dictates that players can be ejected if it’s deemed they intentionally hit a defenseless player above the shoulders.
Such ejections will be accompanied by a 15-yard penalty but any ejection could be overruled if it’s determined by replay booth officials that the on-field verdict was incorrect.
But as North Carolina coach Larry Fedora pointed out, “Even if the player gets to come back a play or two later, that 15-yard penalty can’t be overturned.”
If a player is ejected in the first half and the ruling stands, he’s finished for the game.
If an ejection occurs during the second half, the player has to sit out the remainder of the game plus the first half of his next game.
It’s definitely a rule with teeth, and it’s basically a judgment call. What one official may interpret as an intentional hit could be seen as unintentional by another official.
Had the rule been in place during 2012, almost 200 players nationally would have been booted, including 16 in the ACC.
Stand by for some serious controversy on this one.
If Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd repeats as ACC player of the year, he’ll be the first since Florida State QB Charlie Ward in 1992 and ’93.
In fact, in the entire history of the ACC there have been only four other two-time winners -- Clemson QB Steve Fuller (’77 and ’78), UNC tailback Mike Voight (’75 and ’76), UNC tailback Don McCauley (’69 and ’70) and N.C. State QB Roman Gabriel (’60 and ’61).
It’s interesting that Duke still leads in the all-time league player of the year department with 10. Clemson has produced eight, NCSU seven and Virginia seven.
A Carolina player hasn’t won the award since defender Lawrence Taylor in 1980.
VAD LEE LEADS JACKETS
Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson said former Durham Hillside High star Vad Lee has as much or more potential as any quarterback he’s had.
“Tremendous kid, tremendous potential,” Johnson said.
A red-shirt freshman in 2012, the 6-foot-2, 215-pound speedster was consistently outstanding as a reserve.
Lee finished with 544 yards rushing (5.7 yards per carry) and nine touchdowns (second best on the team). As a passer, he was 27-of-56 for 596 yards, four TD throws, three interceptions.
“He can be a very, very special player,” Johnson said. “If I had a son, I’d want him to be like Vad. He’s got impeccable character.”
Interestingly, Johnson said his biggest area of concern on offense, defensive or special teams is at wide out.
The Jackets don’t pass frequently but when they do, the result is often an explosion play.
In 2012, Tech averaged almost 18 yards per catch, compared to 10.5 yards for Duke, 13.1 for Clemson and 12.9 for Florida State.
“We’ve got some talent, but we still don’t know how the young guys will react to game-like situations. It’s tougher to make catches in games than practice,” Johnson said.