Deshazor Everett sealed Alabama’s only loss last year with his late interception (photo), but Saturday he was front-and-center after being instantly ejected and suspended under the new targeting rule. Rice receiver Klein Kubiak juggled and dropped a pass from Driphus Jackson in the closing moments of a lopsided loss to Texas A&M, and Everett then hit Kubiak high – but without helmet-to-helmet contact.
Despite a timeout to review the play, the ejection and suspension for first half of the next game withstood review. Everett had already missed the first half of Saturday’s game due to assault charges stemming from a bar fight.
ESPN reported that the arrest report said that Everett admitted to police that he and another player were involved in the altercation at the bar, and when they later saw the men from the bar pull up to Everett’s complex, they were going to “finish what they started at the bar.”
Texas A&M won 52-31, in a game that also saw Johnny Manziel benched by his coach for getting in a back-and-forth with a Rice player.