Posted by Tom Fornelli
During their win over Wyoming on Saturday, Texas Longhorns safety Blake Gideon was called for a 15-yard targeting penalty following a big hit he laid on a Wyoming receiver. Now, big hits aren't something new for Gideon, as he seems to pride himself on his ability to separate receivers from the ball. It's not a bad quality to have in a safety either.
An even better quality? A safety who doesn't seem all that worried about being a target for targeting penalties.
"I don't even know what targeting is," Gideon said. "I was trying to hit him, so I guess, yeah, I was targeting him. It's not going to change the way I play. We always talk in the secondary about how we want to establish the middle of the field."
But it's more for the message it sends.
"Other teams are going to turn the tape on and not many receivers are going to want to take that hit," Gideon said of his physical play. "Like I said, I don't know what targeting is. I guess I'd be paying a fine if I was in the NFL today. I don't know if scholarship checks would be able to handle that right now."
So the lesson for Gideon here is to get the hitting in while the hitting is still free, because if you do make it to the NFL one day, it's going to cost you $50,000 just to whisper into a quarterback's ear too loudly.
Gideon's coach doesn't seem like he'll be all that bothered by it, either, as Mack Brown was quick to remind everyone that "a lot of times the best teams have the most penalties." Which is very good news for Lane Kiffin and the USC Trojans. Well, if they were eligible to play in the BCS it would be anyway.