Earlier this season the SEC suspended D.J. Swearinger for an illegal targeting hit against a UAB receiver. Saturday against Arkansas Swearinger was flagged for targeting again, but today the league is giving him accolades not punishment. The senior defensive back picked up co-SEC defensive player of the week honors for his performance in a 38-20 win over Arkansas Saturday.
Swearinger finished the game with 13 tackles, then of which were solo tackles. He also returned an interception 69 yards for a touchdown to put the game away in the third quarter.
The sequence of plays leading up to and including Swearinger’s pick-six was rather interesting. He was called for a personal foul on three straight plays, including the interception. It started with a horse collar tackle on the first play of the drive. On the next play Swearinger was flagged for what looked to be a pretty questionable targeting penalty for a big hit on a Razorback wide receiver. On the very next play Swearinger made the interception and scored, but drew another flag for tossing the ball into the stands.
You can watch it all unfold below, including the WWE style play-by-play. “BOOM! Who cares?!?!?!”