Kenny Bell criticizes targeting rule

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Nebraska wide receiver Kenny Bell sounded off Monday on the targeting rule that got teammate Stanley Jean-Baptiste ejected from the Huskers’ Oct. 12 win against Purdue.

Jean-Baptiste, a senior cornerback, hit Dalyn Dawkins on a short pass in the second quarter, separating the Purdue running back from the football. Jean-Baptiste was flagged for the hit. A replay review upheld the ejection.

“They’re just trashing the game,” Bell said. “It’s sad. It really is sad. You hit someone too hard now, you’re going to get a penalty, get ejected? It’s embarrassing. We sign up to play football. We know exactly what we sign up to do. And for Stanley to get ejected over that one, it blows my mind. It’s really disappointing.

“I celebrate a good play in football. He made a great break, made a good tackle. The guy was fine.”

Bell was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct for a ferocious block on Wisconsin defensive back Devin Smith last year in the Badgers’ 70-31 rout of Nebraska in the Big Ten championship game. The play negated a Nebraska touchdown catch by Jamal Turner.

Asked if he sympathizes with the offensive player, as a receiver, in such situations, Bell shook his head.

“I’m a grown man,” he said, “and I signed up for a game where I know the consequences.”

Jean-Baptiste is eligible to play Saturday as No. 24 Nebraska visits Minnesota.