Published September 18, 2012 - 1:43pm
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Steve Spurrier has banned his players from using Twitter, but obviously not Instagram.
The SEC suspended safety DJ Swearinger yesterday for his helmet-to-helmet hit on UAB receiver Patrick Hearn as Hearn attempted to catch a pass in the middle of the field. And the SEC sent out the following release with the suspension:
“This action is the result of a flagrant and dangerous act which occurred at the 5:46 mark in the third quarter,” the SEC stated in a news release. “The action is in violation of Rule 9-1-4 of the NCAA Football Rule Book, which reads, “No player shall target and initiate contact to the head or neck area of a defenseless opponent with the helmet, forearm, elbow or shoulder.’ “
Swearinger was penalized in the game, but the SEC suspended him for this week’s game against Missouri, too.
Spurrier addressed the hit on a Sunday afternoon conference call:
“It was a collision where he turned his head and hit the guy,” Spurrier said. “There was some helmet-to-helmet, above the shoulder pads, I guess. It will be up to the official Steve Shaw. They will make the call. I thought it was a lot similar to the hit that (USC tight end) Justice Cunningham took at Vanderbilt where the kid just ran in there and tried to break it up. That’s sort of a new rule that came in this year. They’re doing everything they can to protect against concussions.”
Swearinger took to Instagram to vent his frustration:
Here is what DJ Swearinger said:
“SO WE PLAYIN 2 HAND TOUCH DES DAYS!?!? FOOTBALL A NEVA B DA SAME NO MO!!! I GUESS DIS GAME IS A TRU PASSING LEAGUE NOW….”