Former Twins star Torii Hunter’s son, Torii Hunter Jr., is a wide receiver at Notre Dame and on Sunday night he was the victim of a nasty hit in the end zone.
The hit from the Texas defensive back was ruled legal but the elder Hunter tweeted that there should have been a targeting penalty called.
Hunter Jr. initially caught the ball before it was knocked loose by the hit.
A targeting penalty can be called when a defender uses the crown of his helmet to make contact. Video from the back of the end zone shows Hunter Jr. getting hit by helmet-to-helmet contact and a shoulder – but not the crown of the Texas player’s helmet.
USA Today notes that targeting can also be defined as: “No player shall target and initiate contact to the head or neck area of a defenseless opponent with the helmet, forearm, fist, elbow or shoulder. When in question, it is a foul. (Rule 2-27-14)”