what are your thoughts? are NFL rules trickling down to college?

i’m a Nebraska (NU) Cornhuskers football fan, so I try to keep myself somewhat in the know about the goings on in the program. during Nebraska’s game with Oklahoma State (OSU) last Saturday, October 23, one of the NU players made a vicious hit on an OSU player during a kickoff return that went for a touchdown for Nebraska. there was a penalty called on NU during the play; but it was a sideline infraction, not the hit made during the return, and it cost NU 5 yards on the point-after kick.

the announcers for ABC Sports discussed and condemned the hit at some length during the broadcast because the hit resulted in an injury to the OSU player involved. the incident has resulted in the one-game suspension of Nebraska player Eric Martin by the Big 12 Conference. if a player is flagged during the course of the football game for “targeting an opponent”, the team of the offending player is penalized 15 yards and no further action is taken.

footage of the return and the subsequent replay of the hit are embedded below:

Tom Shatel of the Omaha World Herald has registered his opinion here:

NFL rule trickling down to college? – Omaha.com.

so tell me, what do you think? is this suspension justified or is it blowing things out of proportion?

UPDATE: here’s another reaction about the decision by the Big 12 Conference to suspend an NU player. from Sam McKewon: Bogey for the Course

–the civil commentator

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