The topic of helmet to helmet hits has not only gained steam in the NFL, but it has carried over to college football. Last week safety Eric Martin of the Huskers was suspended one game for his helmet to helmet hit on an Oklahoma State player on special teams. After sitting out the Missouri game Martin says he didn’t learn much from his suspension.
In Saturday’s game against Missouri, Cameron Meredith was flagged for a hit to the head of Tigers quarterback Blaine Gabbert and then in the fourth quarter, sophomore Courtney Osborne came in all alone off right tackle on a blitz and had an open shot in Gabbert and again appeared to lower the crown of his helmet into the jaw of the quarterback. Missouri did send the tape up to the Big 12 office for review, but their head coach Gary Pinkel tried to downplay the hit and on his Monday morning Big 12 call, he said he did not think “malice” was involved with the hit.
After practice yesterday, Bo Pelini was asked about it by one of the reporters on the field and said they sent in the same tape too and wanted to know why a fumble wasn’t called.?
It will be interesting to see if anything gets handed down from the Big 12 again this week.