Mississippi State Spring Football Game Ends Early After Player Lays Brutal Hit On Teammate

Nov 1, 2014; Starkville, MS, USA; Mississippi State Bulldogs head coach Dan Mullen brings his team onto the field prior to the game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Davis Wade Stadium. The Bulldogs defeat the Razorbacks 17-10. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports
Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

Mississippi State’s annual spring football game ended early on Sunday due to an illegal hit by defensive back Jonathan Abram on running back Bennie Braswell III.

The hit to the head, which falls under the NCAA’s targeting rule looked really bad:

The ball carrier clearly bobbles the option pitch and was chasing down the fumble when he was almost beheaded by a launching Abram. Spring games aren’t typically played under official NCAA rules, but you don’t need to be a referee to know this is a clear example of targeting.


According to Robby Donoho, looks like Braswell didn’t suffer a serious injury:

If this hit would’ve taken place during a regular game, it would have been a clear ejection for Abram.