NEW ORLEANS – The Sun Belt Conference has suspended two Troy University football players for a half game each following their actions in this past Saturday’s game against Arkansas State.
Devon Terry and Brynden Trawick will both be suspended for a half game in Troy’s upcoming game at Middle Tennessee on November 24.
Terry was penalized for “unnecessary roughness” in a situation where he made a high hit to the head and neck area of an opposing player. Trawick, meanwhile, was penalized for a “hit on a defenseless receiver” in which he made contact at the head and neck of an opposing player.
Though neither player was ejected from the game, both plays were subject to a postgame review based on the he NCAA Football Playing Rules Book which states that “when there is a foul called for initiating contact/targeting an opponent (Rules 9-1-3 and 9-1-4) that does not result in a player disqualification, there shall automatically be a video review by the conference for possible additional sanctions before the next scheduled game.”
Video of the play from multiple camera angles was reviewed Monday, November 19 by the Sun Belt Conference, NCAA National Coordinator of Officials and Secretary-Rules Editor Rogers Redding, as well as an additional panel of coordinators of officials. The findings of the reviews were that both plays were indeed “targeting” fouls and that additional penalties needed to be assessed.
Troy University officials were notified on Monday that a review was in place regarding these penalties. They were then notified on Tuesday that each player would be suspended one half game.