“If J.J. would have brought his hands instead of leading with his shoulder, we wouldn’t have had one then,” Pruitt said. “We’ve got to fix that. Can’t do that.”
The SEC has had three targeting calls so far this season and all three have been confirmed by replay, league coordinator of officials Steve Shaw said Wednesday.
Not that Green agreed with the call made on a pass play to the sideline.
“Was it a good call?” Green said. “No, if you ask me. I’ve been playing football my whole life. They just made this rule to protect players. I understand that, but I led with the shoulder. Just because my helmet makes a little piece of contact...”
Green said the rule, which is intended to enhance player safety, “is taking all the fun out of football. Most players like the physicalness of the game. When they take that out, you might as well have a flag around your waist.”
Green was one snap and done Saturday, which isn’t what Pruitt had planned for a player he wanted to get more playing time. He watched the game on TV in the coaches’ room in the stadium.
“I felt like he earned playing time against Troy and probably some against these other guys,” Pruitt said. “He started off playing star and then we kind of flipped some guys around and Dominick Sanders has done a really nice job for us at star so we’re trying to give J.J. another look at some other positions and you don’t learn it overnight. It didn’t help that he didn’t get to play in the game the other day. You’d like for him to have played 50 snaps to see a little more of him.”
Green can play this week. He said he working as a first-team safety in practice this week.