This is going to be a problem, I think.
The Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved a new football rule that requires players who target and contact defenseless players above the shoulders to be ejected, effective for the 2013 season. The change increases the on-field penalty for targeting by adding the automatic ejection to the existing 15-yard penalty.
The new rule in football means that discipline for those players flagged for violations will mirror the penalty for fighting. If the foul occurs in the first half of a game, the player is ejected for the remainder of the game. If the foul occurs in the second half or overtime of a game, the player is ejected for the remainder of the game and the first half of the next contest.
In an effort to address concerns when one of these plays is erroneously called on the field, the ejection portion of the penalty will be reviewable through video replay. The replay official must have conclusive evidence that a player should not be ejected to overturn the call on the field.
There were also other changes:
- the blocking below the waist rule has been simplified
jersey and pant colors must be different from the field of play[EDIT: my mistake]
- a 10-second runoff for injuries with less than a minute in the half
- 3 seconds is the minimum amount of time required to spike the ball
- number changes must be reported to the referee
In a free article on Scout Kenny Demens has good things to say about Drake Johnson and Chris Bryant (among others)
Johnson: "gave us problems on scout team. Drake ....... did his thing, got loose on us… "
Bryant: " I don’t care if you were Mike Martin, Ryan Van Bergen.......when Chris Bryant pulled, you were nervous......... Chris Bryant brings the pain."
Sounds like a great kid, and his old man the Michigan legend seems to be doing great as well. The parents seem like they are level-headed and shielding their son away from all of the silliness. Jr. already sounds like he is going to be a BIG dude, 6-6 235 lbs as a sophomore with no real weight training yet.
This week my scouting report is on Gardena (CA) Junipero Serra cornerback Adoree' Jackson, who is originally from Illinois and is familiar with the midwest. Michigan offered him a few weeks back, and he has shown interest, although he has also said that LSU is his dream school. He's an electrifying player who could play a few different positions in college.