WRMJ Interview: Zunkel Reaction To New “Targeting” Rule In High School Football

nat zunkelWRMJ Sports Director Jim Taylor spoke with Mercer County head football coach Nat Zunkel this morning. The two discussed the new “targeting” rule announced this week by the National Federation of High School Associations, which will take effect with the 2014 high school football season. Targeting is an act of taking aim and initiating contact to an opponent above the shoulders with the helmet, forearm, hand, fist, elbow or shoulders. It will be penalized as illegal personal contact. A new definition for a “defenseless player” was also added by the NFHS for risk-minimization purposes. A defenseless player” is a player who, because of his physical position and focus of concentration, is especially vulnerable to injury.