Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Shakeel Rashad: Late Hit or Early Hit?

North Carolina's freshman linebacker Shakeel Rashad leveled Duke's Conner Vernon while running onto the field between downs. Strangely, there were no penalty flags thrown on the play. However, Atlantic Coast Conference officials intervened and levied a one game suspension for Rashad and two of the game officials. We've all seen late hit penalties before, but I don't think I can recall a dead-ball foul on the defense before a play is even run. Rashad acted as if the ball was already in play. Strange...

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