That’s Arkansas’ Damon “Duwop” Mitchell sending poor Florida return man Chris Thompson into orbit with the most devastating hit of all: the post-halftime kick return hit. There is no omen in all of sports more foreboding than a big thump that snuffs out a team’s first play to begin the second half, particularly if that team is a highly ranked favorite that is down 21-7 on the road.
Some wondered whether this was targeting, but all contact appears to be shoulder-to-shoulder, Mitchell’s eyes are up (the single most important part of the rule), and he’s clearly not launching upward. This was a clean hit, according to the rules.
My favorite part: Mitchell is listed as a running back.
Wait, even better: Mitchell is a former quarterback and wide receiver and whatever.
Bret Bielema has considered playing him more on defense, and yeah, it looks like he’s got one part of the job down.