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TUSCALOOSA -- Alabama coach Nick Saban voiced his concerns with the new targeting rules this offseason. Saban wanted a detailed explanation of the rule and thought it would leave too much up for interpretation.
In the Crimson Tide’s 49-42 victory over Texas A&M on Saturday, the rule almost cost the Tide one of its best defensive players when safety HaHa Clinton-Dix was flagged for targeting Aggie wide receiver Derel Walker and ejected early in the second quarter.
Upon further review, officials overturned the ejection, but by rule, the penalty flag can not be reviewed and the 15-yard personal foul penalty stood. During his Monday news conference, Saban implied he wanted that part of the rule changed.
“Personally, on the rule itself, if you can review a play to say a guy should be ejected or not be ejected, to me, you should be able to review if it was a penalty or not a penalty,” he said. “That's not what the rule is. You asked me my opinion. I’m giving you my opinion.”
Despite Clinton-Dix near ejection, Tide safety Vinnie Sunseri said it won’t make him play tentatively.
“No sir. I go 110 miles per hour every single play,” Sunseri said. “Whenever the ball’s in the air I just try to go attack it. If I hit somebody I'm going to try and make sure it’s within the rules. That’s what we're trying to do.”
McCarron completed 20-of-29 passes for a career-high 334 yards with four touchdown passes, which tied a career-best. The senior from Mobile, who was also the SEC Offensive Player of the Week, is now second in the Alabama record books with 6,400 career passing yards. McCarron is now 27-2 as a starter, including a 15-0 mark away from Tuscaloosa.
Kouandjio received the top grade on the line and did not allow a sack or a pressure, or have any missed assignments. Vogler had three receptions for 24 yards.
Mosley led the team with 12 total tackles and had the highest total in terms of production points on defense. He was also credited with a QB hurry and one big hit. Pagan was second in production points and finished with four tackles and a quarterback hurry.
Foster was perfect on all seven of his extra point attempts and two of his eight kickoffs resulted in touchbacks. Jones returned one punt for five yards and four kickoffs for 83 yards. He also had three tackles on kickoff coverage. Mandell continued his strong season with an average of 53 yards on just three punts.