Video: Indiana State player ejected under new targeting rule

We knew it was only a matter of time before a player was ejected as a result of college football’s new rule on targeting a defenseless player, and it happened on the season’s first night. Indiana State’s Carlos Aviles was booted for his hit on Shane Wynn during a punt return in the third quarter. Aviles wasn’t the first player ejected under the new rule, actually, as Tulane and Missouri State had players tossed earlier in the night.

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With Aviles’ penalty happening in the second half, he must sit out the first half of next week’s game at Purdue. A couple other results of the penalty: Indiana State was penalized 15 yards and Aviles had to be escorted off the field.

Wynn, who scored three touchdowns on the night, stayed down on the turf for a few minutes after the violent hit. The Indiana receiver and returner didn’t see the hit coming as he was eying the flight of the ball.

Indiana’s Jake Reed was thrown out of the game in the first half for throwing a punch.

And here’s a description of the new rule:

New Rule Explanation


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Donnie on 8/29/2013 @ 10:25pm EDT Said:

The little smirk afterwards, on the sideline, should result in a stiffer penalty.

shookwriter27 on 8/29/2013 @ 10:49pm EDT Said:

Let’s hope players aren’t rejected every game. on 8/29/2013 @ 10:58pm EDT Said:

Not to mention one hell of a cheap shot as well….he should be booted from the team for crap like that.

Brad Everand Morgan on 8/29/2013 @ 11:38pm EDT Said:

Never mind the new rule. That shot has been illegal for many years and should have been penalized with an ejection at minimum. An extended suspension should be levied for that hit.

Tameeka Smith on 8/30/2013 @ 12:04am EDT Said:

Lets let the refs make the calls. I know this kid. The so-called smirk was unrelated. Don’t jump to conclusions.

Dakota monte on 8/30/2013 @ 12:05am EDT Said:

Played with this kid last yr in high school always hit hard and fast, not a fair hit but good pyshicality.

Ben Schlichter on 8/30/2013 @ 12:06am EDT Said:

I never thought I’d see such a flagrant disqualification that early in the season.

Bill on 8/30/2013 @ 12:42am EDT Said:

That hit was obliviously meant to injure the player he should be done for the season

WoodyHayes on 8/30/2013 @ 12:47am EDT Said:

I have been a skeptic of the new targeting rule, but after seeing it implemented on a play like this I almost think one game isn’t enough. It wasn’t even a football play. It was just a brutal cheap shot. Glad Wynn got up and congrats to him on a MONSTER game.

poppadock on 8/30/2013 @ 12:53am EDT Said:

The NCAA and the NFL are going to turn football into pattycake.

Aaron on 8/30/2013 @ 3:43am EDT Said:

I’m all for the big hit, but please put your face mask in the middle of his chest and deliver the hit!!! Fundamentals gentlemen once we start cutting corners people are going to get hurt and quickly

Bill Gibbs on 8/30/2013 @ 4:31am EDT Said:

Brad’s right. New targeting rule or not, that hit has been illegal for years. You can’t take the returner out before he catches the ball. This isn’t the old NFL Blitz game where everything goes. And I’m with Donnie. That smirk just made me want to punch my TV, and I’m not even a Hoosier fan.

Tony Wiederhold on 8/30/2013 @ 8:02am EDT Said:

I wouldn’t say that the guy taking the cheap shot is the “victim” of the new rule. A 4-quarter suspension for something that can cause permanent brain injury is a pretty weak penalty. Maybe disqualification for the season, or maybe a three-game suspension, but the guy fouled gets to pick the games the offender misses.

Andy Davis on 8/30/2013 @ 9:25am EDT Said:

I was (and am) worried that the new rule would lead to the ejection of players who don’t deserve it, but this kid did. It was an early hit on a defenseless player and it was deliberately head to head. He should be done for the year.

steve on 8/30/2013 @ 9:37am EDT Said:

This is a stupid article. The hit has nothing to do with the new targeting rule. This type of hit has never been legal. You cant level a kick returner before he touches the ball. Its a dirty cheap shot just like it has always been and I’m surprised he wasn’t more penalized..

JRod37 on 8/30/2013 @ 9:37am EDT Said:

Just a point of clarification. This is NOT A NEW RULE! The rule is the same. It was a foul last year and it’s still a foul. The difference is the PENALTY. So the only things “new” are the penalty and that they added a blindside block recipient as a defenseless player. It was a foul last year, it’s a foul this year. Not a new rule.

    Brent Yarina, Senior Editor on 8/30/2013 @ 2:17pm EDT Said:

    Fair point. But the new rule resulted in the ejection and a suspension for the first half of next week’s game at Purdue. It was the first example of the ejection/suspension being enforced in a Big Ten game.

Mikah Wheeler on 8/30/2013 @ 11:05am EDT Said:

That was dirty

Jim on 8/30/2013 @ 11:10am EDT Said:

Poppadock clearly never played football, let alone at the major college level as I did. Brad and Bill have it exactly right, that’s a flagrant personal foul suitable for ejection BEFORE even discussing the targeting rule. It’s as if Aviles had no coaching whatsoever on how to cover a punt and give the returner room to field the ball. SMH

swonger on 8/30/2013 @ 11:17am EDT Said:

This type of play has been illegal for years, targeting or not, he leveled the returner way before the ball ever got there. The rules have stated for years that you must give the returner a chance to catch the ball and they put the halo rule in several years ago as well which states that you have to be something like 2 feet away from the returner to allow him room to catch the ball before you can attempt to make a tackle,

This was a cheap shot but a bad example of trying to highlight the new targeting rule. If the returner catches the ball and starts his return and the defender lunches himself into the returners head helmet to helmet would be an example of the new targeting rule which would result in the same penalty.

Mark on 8/30/2013 @ 1:10pm EDT Said:

I saw this live. Wynn called for a fair catch so early on this punt – kid should be out multiple games. He taunted him immediately afterward and showed no remorse just seconds later on the side line. Horribly brutal play with clear intent to injure a 100% defenseless player – followed up by classless behavior in the aftermath.

He A Terp on 8/30/2013 @ 1:15pm EDT Said:

LOL – Okay, Tameka.

He’ll grow up and hopefully learn from his mistake- but he’s not a good kid. You don’t need to know him to see that. He should sit at least half the season in opinion. Maybe then he will see the error in his ways.

Chris Guthrie on 8/30/2013 @ 1:24pm EDT Said:

He hit the guy in the shoulder pads first early hit yes bad decision yes 15 yds and let’s play
but disqualification is not warranted it’s football want to where skirts go to the dance

Sam on 8/30/2013 @ 2:12pm EDT Said:

I wouldn’t be surprised if the NCAA adds a game. The smirk, smiling and fist pumps on the sideline suggest it was intentional. Camera caught all that and it’ll probably come back to bite him in the butt.

R Mrv on 8/30/2013 @ 2:22pm EDT Said:

If he had put his shoulder down and run through him they’d be saying ncie hit.. while the receiver is still whacked!!.. This is football… If you don’t call a fair catch you are open game!

We are creating a generation of wussy competition!

john v on 8/30/2013 @ 2:30pm EDT Said:

This type of hit could have ended a lot worse than it did. The young man could have been in the hospital. I believe he should be suspended for at least one season. There is no room for this type of play.

Urban Bucks on 8/30/2013 @ 3:34pm EDT Said:

He should get booted for at least as long as Wynn is out + 1 game IMO.

Whatever the rule may be – who cares. Yes, it is football – but there is nothing about football that should condone that type of classless play and attitude.

Brad on 8/30/2013 @ 5:41pm EDT Said:

Gotta love my alma mater…. It was a cheap hit, they should of paid the old coach instead of hire this new one I liked coach miles

forthuluvuvthugame on 8/30/2013 @ 6:45pm EDT Said:

How are you gon’na figure Aviles is a “victim”? You can’t hit a guy who hasn’t even touched the football, dude. As far as all these people talking about “wussy-fying” the sport, remember…it’s a sport, people. We don’t need to be injuring people for life out there. Play hard within reasonable bounds, learn something (school sports is supposed to be educational. Remember “education”…used to be what we did at college?), and have some fun. The hospital ain’t necessarily fun. If you’ve ever been there because of this kind of over-aggressive play, you know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t, then you should shut up.

captkirk on 8/30/2013 @ 7:17pm EDT Said:

the rule is to grey what is the definition of a defencelss player. this is still football stuff happens you dont try to hurt the other guy but sometimes it cant be helped. lets just put flags on all the players, then maybe you hurt your rist grabbing the flag?

forthuluvuvthugame on 8/30/2013 @ 8:50pm EDT Said:

Really…that’s what you think we’re seeing here, captkirk? I think you should take another look at this. True, things happen, especially when an inexperienced kid is pumped up. But if you look at this play, and don’t see someone flying in to take Shane Wynn’s freaking head off, I don’t know if you’re watching the same film everyone else seems to be watching. Football is a ROUGH sport, and that is a good thing…but it is not a BLOOD sport. It is supposed to be educational, not maiming. There are physical risks enough without this kind of dangerous play, and it is ridiculous to suggest otherwise. BTW, for your edification, a defenseless player is one who hasn’t even touched the ball, yet….that is not a grey area, my friend. According to the rules, you have to give the player space to field the ball…then you may make a CLEAN hit on him.

Rodney Patterson on 8/31/2013 @ 9:40am EDT Said:

All the new rules aside, including the ejection. People are calling this a “cheap shot” and it’s nothing of the sort in my opinion.

He didn’t leave his feet or launch himself into a player
He didn’t hit him with the crown of his helmet
He didn’t go for his knees

It was a rule infraction, sure, but I’ve been around this game for over 35 years including many as a player and seen my fair share of cheap shots over the years and this wasn’t one IMO.

5 years ago this wouldn’t even have been a flagrant and had the contact not been facemask to facemask would not have resulted in an ejection.

Stanley Feldman on 8/31/2013 @ 3:02pm EDT Said:

In the South Carolina – North Carolina game, player was on the ground when defender speared him in the head, leading with his helmet. NO CALL! As always, the officiating is inconsistent.

Joe on 8/31/2013 @ 5:40pm EDT Said:

This has nothing to do with “Targeting” and it makes me sad that people who are supposedly professional sports writers and announcers are saying he was ejected because of this year’s new rule. This was a flagrant foul, and would have resulted in ejection any year. Aviles should be charged with assault for this hit, because that’s what it was. It has absolutely nothing to do with the new rule.

    Brent Yarina, Senior Editor on 8/31/2013 @ 9:24pm EDT Said:

    Yes, but the new rule results in his suspension for the first half of the next game, which happens to be against another Big Ten team (Purdue). It was the first example of the new rule being implemented in a Big Ten game.

Marcell on 8/31/2013 @ 6:08pm EDT Said:

I played with this young mans father in high school (Carlos Aviles Sr), and personally met this young man. Real good kid, and has a great heart. His father (Carlos Senior) did a great job bringing this young man up. Lets remember, he is a true freshman (18 yrs old), who at this time last year, was playing high school football. I truly believe in my heart he wasn’t trying to deliver a cheap shot, but playing hard and aggressive. His team was penalized, he was ejected, and has learned a valuable lesson. Everybody makes mistakes, and to say he should be ejected for a season is just dumb! Now if he does this over and over, then maybe there is a problem. But this is his very first game as a college football player, and just an honest mistake by a VERY young aggressive football player. Thank god the other young man wasn’t hurt. I would challenge all of you people, making these silly judgmental comments about an 18 yr old kid, to follow his career at ISU. I would bet money he won’t make this mistake again. But to use words/phrases like “classless”, “deliberate”, “not a good kid”, “dirty” to describe a young man that NONE of you know……..STOP IT!!!!!!!

Marcell on 8/31/2013 @ 6:15pm EDT Said:

Comments by his father, and my friend on Facebook:

“My Son a “True Freshman” at Indiana State University played in his first Nationally televised D1 College Football game and he had a great game (4 tackles and forced a fumble with a big hit for a TD) Unfortunately, he got a little excited/fired up and made a bad play; hit an IU player early and got ejected (NCAA Targeting Rule)…My 18 year old Son had to shut down his Twitter account due to over three thousand hate critics posting on his page…My Son felt bad about the hit, but was just flying around trying to make a play. Notoriety and Controversy is crazy in this day of Social media, Reality TV etc…ESPN Sports Center, Fox News etc. showed the play over and over again….”

Again folks…..this is a young man who is YOUNG, and regrets what he did. Ease up people, really!

Lisa on 8/31/2013 @ 9:26pm EDT Said:

Really He A Terp? You dont know him. He is a good kid. My son played youth football with him and highschool. He is a good hardworking kid with a farther who keeps him on track. He does tend to over do it on the field. Not because he is going for a cheap shot.

Jay on 9/1/2013 @ 11:25am EDT Said:

He knew what he was doing……. Can’t tackle at all needs to use his helmet to do so what a wuss

Jay on 9/1/2013 @ 11:41am EDT Said:

@marcell news flash…… Carlos aviles is a bum and his father is a bum and so are you ! You think by posting things you say about this person would change how we feel ? No !!! It was a dirty cheap brainless stupid no class no talent hit !

Chad on 9/1/2013 @ 6:42pm EDT Said:

To be clear this was not, repeat not called a targeting foul. This was kick catch interference and a subsequent flagrant foul. This has been in the rule books for several years that personal fouls deemed flagrant were also cause for disqualification. If it had been targeting then it would have gone to the replay booth for confirmation as stated in the rule book.

Matt on 9/2/2013 @ 3:11pm EDT Said:

Marcell – c’mon man! I’m for playing aggressive on the field but within the rules! This chump clearly led with his helmet in an attempt to seriously hurt Wynn. How in the world do you explain him smirking on the sidelines? He felt no remorse over this. In fact, he was yucking it up thinking it was all fun and games. Poor kid. He had to shut down his Twitter account for all the negative commentary. Boo hoo. This guy shouldn’t even have a Twitter account, cell phone or any social media that allows him to wax poetic on his thoughts on life because he is clearly a low character kid who should just shut his mouth and his warped sense of sportsmanship and learn how to play the game without taking cheap shots on other players!