- Officials ruled that Shilo made contact on a tackle with the crown of his helmet
- Former NFL players and other fans were quick to disagree with their decision
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University of Colorado safety Shilo Sanders, the son of head coach Deion Sanders, was ejected early in a game against UCLA on Saturday night.
Shilo was defending a pass on 2nd and 7 that was caught by running back Carsen Ryan in the open field.
Sanders then came across the field and made contact with Ryan – tackling him to the ground.
After the tackle, Shilo flexed towards a sideline as an official threw a flag. Following a review, the officials deemed that Shilo had committed a targeting foul and he was ejected from the game.
In American football, targeting occurs when a defensive player tackles with the crown of the helmet, initiates contact to the opponent’s head above the neck, or makes a helmet-to-helmet collision.
Shilo Sanders was ejected from Colorado’s game against UCLA on Saturday night
Officials ruled that Shilo led with the crown of his helmet on this hit in the second quarter
NFL players and fans disagreed with the call that got Shilo, Deion Sanders’ son, tossed
In video replays, it’s not entirely clear if Sanders hits Ryan in the facemask with his helmet – or if Shilo lowered his shoulder into the running back.
Reaction on Twitter was swift as both fans and former NFL players disagreed with the officials’ decision.
Retired Chargers and Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie wrote, ‘college football is soft as hell!! Good hit. How else is he suppose[d] to tackle?’
Former Bears corner Jerry Azumah said, ‘So what the hell is the correct way to hit him at that moment??
‘It’s amazing how we still can’t tell the difference between blatant malicious head hunting and leading with the shoulder to make a hard hit!’
‘That Shilo Sanders targeting call was ridiculous,’ wrote SportsCenter anchor Stan Verrett. ‘Don’t like the flexing after but the call was still ridiculous.’