Tom Allen comments on controversial hit to Whop Philyor
Indiana battled hard on the road in Happy Valley but fell just short of knocking off Penn State.
Though it is a loss for the Hoosiers, it is not the kind that anyone should feel bad about. Indiana battled back time and time again and never quit in the hard-fought contest.
It is especially impressive considering Indiana’s offense was missing one of its biggest playmakers in the second half. Whop Philyor was held out of action after sustaining a nasty helmet-to-helmet hit.
Unfortunately, the hit was not flagged or reviewed for targeting. Though many hits are controversial, this one sure seemed to fit the label of targeting.
Here’s the hit:
NOT TARGETING. pic.twitter.com/PjELXHyJb4
— Punt John Punt (@PuntJohnPunt) November 16, 2019
After the game, head coach Tom Allen indicated he is following protocol in regards to the targeting situation with Philyor. That likely means submitting the play for review and explanation with the league office.
Though Allen didn’t elaborate, Zach Osterman with the Indy Star shared the coach’s comments and indicated it was clear he didn’t agree with the initial call on the field. However, he held back from saying a lot publicly:
Allen also says he’s following protocol on Whop Philyor targeting situation. Clear he doesn’t agree but doesn’t want to say much publicly. #iufb
— Zach Osterman (@ZachOsterman) November 16, 2019
Regardless of the call, hopefully, Philyor will be alright and ready to go next week.