The Irish will be without linebacker JD Bertrand for the first two quarters against BYU this weekend. The Cougars also had a player, defensive back Gabe Jeudy-Lally, get ejected during the second half of their last game against Utah State.
However, the decision by the NCAA for each player is much different. As for the Notre Dame starting linebacker, Bertrand’s appeal did not go well, and his appeal was denied. Jeudy-Lally had his appeal approved, and he will suit up for the entirety of the game against the Irish. The NCAA made a change to its targeting rule during the offseason, but its process is still very much judgmental.
— Mitch Harper (@Mitch_Harper) October 3, 2022
Could it be the NCAA ruled against Bertrand due to his “repeat” offense? When you watch the hit, he keeps his head up, and he isn’t making “forcible contact that goes beyond making a legal tackle” according to the rule.
— Tim Murray (@1TimMurray) September 24, 2022
You be the judge. In your estimation was this hit by Bertrand outside the rules? This is undoubtedly a 15-yard penalty, but an ejection and half suspension? I think not.
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