In what can only be described as a shocking moment on the football field, an incident during the Boston College Eagles’ game against the Pittsburgh Panthers has stirred considerable controversy. The play in question involved Boston College cornerback Khari Johnson delivering a helmet-to-helmet hit on Pittsburgh Panthers’ tight end Malcolm Epps.
The disturbing hit occurred in the first half of the game when Epps was attempting to make a catch across the middle of the field. The replay clearly revealed Johnson launching himself, leading with his helmet, and colliding with the Pitt tight end in midair.
This might be the dirtiest helmet to helmet I’ve ever seen… literally jumped into his head. pic.twitter.com/2VYSzf3Bb8
— JPAFootball (@jasrifootball) November 17, 2023
The severity of the hit did not go unnoticed, and the referees took immediate action, ejecting Khari Johnson from the game for the dangerous play.
Malcolm Epps, the recipient of the hit, entered the game with a season record of seven catches for 69 yards and no touchdowns. On the defensive side, Khari Johnson had accumulated 12 total tackles and one fumble recovery prior to the controversial play.
This incident has sparked discussions around player safety and the need for continued efforts to minimize dangerous plays on the football field. The repercussions of such hits extend beyond the immediate ejection of the player, raising questions about the broader issue of ensuring a safe and fair playing environment in collegiate football.