There's been plenty of consternation over targeting ejections leading up to Thursday night's slate of college football openers. The worry is officials won't be able to determine intent, and will eject a defender for targeting/headhunting even when that wasn't what the player was trying to do.
"I think everybody in this room can tell when somebody launches, right, and launches and is intending to harm somebody with their helmet," Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said last week. "What we're all worried about is that bang‑bang play. Was there intent, right, to hurt somebody?"
In this case, from Thursday's Indiana-Indiana State game, it sure looks like there was intent to hurt somebody:
That's Indiana State's Carlos Aviles pummeling a defenseless Shane Wynn, and promptly being ejected for the hit. He wasn't the only player to be ejected for targeting on Thursday, though -- Tulane's Lorenzo Doss was ejected from his team's game against Jackson State as well.
"I'm sure there's going to be some tweaks to this, maybe that down the road it comes to there's no ejections and maybe it becomes like an NFL situation where there might be an ejection later if there's real, true intent that you can see on the video," Kelly said. "But it is what it is. We've informed our players, and we've talked about intent as really being the key phrase."