FAU linebacker Andrae Kirk was ejected in the second quarter of the Owls' 28-10 win over USF on Saturday for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Bulls quarterback Steven Bench, and defensive coordinator Pete Rekstis has no problem with that.
"It's exactly how the rule reads," Rekstis said. "We've coached the through those situations on film and that was a textbook example of a helmet to helmet. To me that was black and white."
Because the ejection happened in the first half of the game, Kirk will not be suspended for the first half of Saturday's game against MTSU. Players who are ejected from games in the second half of games are suspended for the first half of the team's next contest, under the NCAA's new targeting rule.
And for what it's worth, Rekstis said he didn't see any malicious intent in the hit.
"I know Andrae. I know the kind of person he is. I know what's being coached here," Rekstis said. "It's certainly not something that he's looking to do. He's playing hard, playing fast and he ducked his head at the moment of contact and it went right into the helmet. You always have to be smart around the quarterback, so that made it more frustrating for us, and hopefully we won't make that mistake again."
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