Ohio State's Denzel Ward Lays Out A Receiver, Gets Ejected On A Questionable Targeting Call

Denzel Ward was ejected for targeting on this hit where he didn’t lead with the crown of his helmet, didn’t launch himself or spear the receiver, didn’t do anything but de-cleat another human being three yards backwards through the air to break up a pass. That hit was all shoulders and forearms. Gus Johnson didn’t even consider the well being of the corpse of the Maryland player on the ground. He was trying to figure out if it was a fumble or just an incompletion.

Then, even after an ejection had been decided upon, the hit was still tweeted out for promotional purposes. Because big hits get people going. They’re primal, and fucking awesome. It’s kinda like when the NFL makes commercials out of touchdown celebrations while simultaneously dishing out fines to the players in real time. It doesn’t make any sense.

Don’t get me wrong, there still needs to be a penalty for legitimate targeting. Denzel Ward’s hit just wasn’t that. This is targeting.

That will and should get you ejected 100% of the time. Denzel Ward just laid out a big time hit. Put that one on Maryland’s QB for going all Peyton Manning to Austin Collie and getting his receiver dropped.