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Monday, September 26, 2005

Hit on Boston College QB Matt Ryan

You can view a video of the tremendous hit put on BC QB Matt Ryan by Clemson linebacker David Dunham here.

Was it spearing?
According to the NCAA Football 2005 Rules and Interpretations – “No player shall use his helmet (including the face mask) to butt or ram an opponent or attempt to punish him. There shall be no spearing. No player shall strike a runner with the crown or the top of his helmet in an attempt to punish him.” (From NATA)
People can disagree as to the legality of the hit, but all must agree that Ryan showed a lot of toughness by missing only one offensive play. And he's only a sophomore.

UPDATE: From the 9/27 Globe: Matt Ryan deflected all praise for the way he got back on his feet -- after getting decked by Clemson linebacker David Dunham... ''It's a BC victory, not a Matt Ryan victory," insisted the sophomore backup quarterback. ''The team went out there and took care of business and did a good job."
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