Targeting: Smith out for first half at GT after questionable ruling on hit


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Swinney argues his case to no avail (Photo by Jeremy Brevard)

WINSTON-SALEM, NC – Senior safety Robert SmithRobert Smith
Sr. Safety
#27 5-11, 211
St. George, SC

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walked out of the Clemson locker room following the Tigers’ win over Wake Forest Thursday night with a dejected look on his face, and even the best efforts of the Clemson fans left in the area did little to change his countenance.

Smith will miss the first half of next week’s Georgia Tech game after a fourth-quarter ‘targeting’ flag, and Smith was tossed after the hit he put on Wake tight end Cam Serigne. The third-down play also resulted in a personal foul and automatic first down. The play was reviewed, and despite angles that appeared to show a clean hit, the call was allowed to stand.

The call allowed the Demon Deacons to drive down the field and tie the score at 20-20.

Clemson coach Dabo SwinneyDabo Swinney
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said during his postgame press conference that he thought it was a clean hit.

“I saw a good football play. Everybody’s got an opinion,” Swinneys said. “I saw a good football play. That’s why they wear the stripes or whoever in the box. It’s disappointing. That’s just football. They’re going to make calls the way they see them and you have to live with the call. Me personally, I thought it was a good football play.

“I’m the coach – not the ref. It’s disappointing you got a guy that's gotta miss a half of football for what looked like a good play to me. I don’t know how to coach it different. I've got to figure something else out. It was kind of a bang-bang play. They saw something that I guess I didn’t see.”

Swinney said that he was proud of the way Clemson’s defense responded after the call.

“That’s the way it is,” Swinney said. “They have to do their job and our guys have to respond and our guys did. We got off the field and came back and the offense took it over again and we found a way to win the game.”

Swinney said he was disappointed for Smith, a standout in both the pass game and in run defense.

“I hate it for Robert,” he said. “There’s not a better player, better person and a cleaner football player on our team than Robert Smith. I hate that he has to miss a half next week. Last year we could have (appealed). With the change they’ve made (this off season), I don’t think we’ve got an appeal. We have to live with it.”

Senior corner Garry PetersGarry Peters
RS Sr. Cornerback
#26 6-0, 194
Conyers, GA

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said he watched a replay of the hit on the BB&T Field scoreboard with one of the officials, and the official told Peters he was sure the call would be reversed.

“I don’t feel like the call on Robert was targeting at all. It’s crazy," Peters said. "I was out there talking to one of the refs that didn’t call it and he was saying that it was perfect form tackling and that it doesn’t get any better than that. He said that they would reverse the call and the next thing you know they came out and said that it was targeting. It really hurt Robert and it’s really getting to him. I feel like that was a bad call. Some of the pass interference calls – sometimes you’re going to have that out there."

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New Story: Targeting: Smith out for first half at GT after questionable ruling on hit
TigerNet News
No ACC appeal process? *
72 Fla. Tiger
The targeting rule has changed where that isn't an option***
Drobins
Ive wondered the same ive seen yes and no.
The hillbilly beater®
Re: Ive wondered the same ive seen yes and no.
allorangeallthetime52®
Re: No ACC appeal process? *
panteratigris®
Re: No ACC appeal process? *
scutiger
ACC official quote?
WiFied
Re: ACC official quote?
nikkisteele®
Can that crew, or individual official, be suspended without
CUTiger1989®
Same here
LKN Tiger®
The replay official would have to be the one in trouble
AdamD021
Re: ACC official quote?
tiger james
Re: ACC official quote?
jamesw1962
Re: ACC official quote?
cleats65
Re: ACC official quote?
allorangeallthetime52®
Re: New Story: Targeting: Smith out for first half at GT after questionable ruling on hit
normasjayray
This is a shame
Yzracer48
Re: This is a shame
CamoClemson®
I guess I don't understand the targeting rule
Mighty Zep®
Re: I guess I don't understand the targeting rule
TracyH79
Re: I guess I don't understand the targeting rule
jamesw1962
Re: I guess I don't understand the targeting rule
J-Nugget
Yes, he did.***
SOLOS®
Re: I guess I don't understand the targeting rule
Corderiette®
If your going to say any helmet to helmet contact is
Yzracer48
Re: I guess I don't understand the targeting rule
DUFFER®
Re: I guess I don't understand the targeting rule
cleats65
Re: This is a shame
TracyH79
You mean SHAM***
STERLING®
With this kind of chit going on is it any wonder many of the
ClemsonTiger1988®
I will say our "final product" sells itself. Cat, Nuk, Andre
Tickled Orange
Re: New Story: Targeting: Smith out for first half at GT after questionable ruling on hit
74TIGER
Some of those PI calls and no calls were bs***
BentZero
Mike Williams was getting mugged, again. Just like BC game***
Drobins
Nikki: what was questionable about the hit??
sbrooks®
Targeting Rule defined
ClempsonBoy
Words mean things and it's VERY annoying
mojotiger
Re: New Story: Targeting: Smith out for first half at GT after questionable ruling on hit
brad12
Re: New Story: Targeting: Smith out for first half at GT after questionable ruling on hit
ziggy_1118
Let's not pi$$ the official off.. we still have GT to play
Injun Tiger
Re: Let's not pi$$ the official off.. we still have GT to play
CourtneyTiger
You need to turn on your sarcasm meter.***
Injun Tiger
Re: You need to turn on your sarcasm meter.***
CourtneyTiger
Curious why there is no appeal.
LakeNormanTiger
Re: Curious why there is no appeal.
CourtneyTiger
Re: New Story: Targeting: Smith out for first half at GT after questionable ruling on hit
tycurtis
Re: Smith Targeting: great hit- Every pro scout loved what they saw
tycurtis
Re: Smith Targeting: great hit- Every pro scout loved what they saw
adam_ncnn®
Re: New Story: Targeting: Smith out for first half at GT after questionable ruling on hit
TigerGradGolfer
Referee's Questionable Call
TigerGradGolfer
Re: New Story: Targeting: Smith out for first half at GT after questionable ruling on hit
CinTiger1
Somebody check with Vic and see if #77 held on to him
Coothater®
I'm old enough and have worked long enough where to I think
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