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Harbaugh weighs in on targeting call against Khaleke Hudson

Michigan will be without Hudson for the first-half versus Nebraska

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Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh was not pleased with the amount of penalties his team received during their win over SMU.

U-M had 13 penalties in all. Harbaugh called some of them legit, but there’s one call in particular he is questioning.

Michigan linebacker Khaleke Hudson was ejected from the contest for targeting. Because this foul occurred in the second half, Hudson will also miss the first half vs. Nebraska next Saturday.

The rule of law for targeting states that “No player shall target and make forcible contact tothe head or neck area of a defenseless opponent with the helmet, forearm, hand, fist, elbow or shoulder.” For the full criteria, click here.

Harbaugh’s thoughts on the Hudson targeting call

“Are we going down that road of, we’re gonna review every play that’s now in the box? That box area, running backs are gonna be going through there, they’re gonna be lowering their heads. Defenders are. It’s a battle to see who can get lower. And when you have a runner versus a tackler. So, interesting. There wasn’t a call on the field, it came from the booth. That’s a really high level of scrutiny to be placing on a play between the tackles.”

Michigan will likely be appealing this call against Hudson, but don’t hold your breath on the penalty being reversed. The Wolverines will probably be playing the first half versus Nebraska without their starting VIPER LB.


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