Alabama linebacker Chris Braswell was ejected from Saturday’s game against Chattanooga at the 8:41 mark of the first quarter after a hit on Mocs quarterback Like Schomburg was ruled as targeting.
It was a bitter way to end what could be Braswell’s final game in Bryant-Denny Stadium, but the review showed clear helmet-to-helmet contact on the senior.
Following the game, Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban shared his reaction to the play that ended Braswell’s day.
“Well you know we keep telling guys you gotta keep your eyes up,” Saban said. following the 66-10 win. “You gotta see what you hit. You never want to hit anyone with your head down. I thought, you know, his head was up but you can’t hit the quarterback in the head either. So we just keep working on it. We had one of those last week where we hit the quarterback in the head and obviously the targeting today so it’s something we need to focus on.
“But I think when players see these things happen I think it’s a good learning opportunity for everyone that plays on defense.”
Saban has echoed a similar coaching point after Dallas Turner’s hit on LSU quarterback Jayden Daniels became a large topic of discussion despite not being flagged for targeting.
Replacing Braswell was fellow senior Quandarrius Robinson who recorded three tackles and two quarterback hits on the day.
Perhaps the only silver lining to Braswell’s ejections is that it came in the first half of play so he will not be forced to sit out any time next Saturday when Alabama takes on Auburn in the Iron Bowl.
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Patrick Dowd is a Reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter, via Pat_Dowd77