Brian Poole was ejected from last Saturday’s 31-17 win over Tennessee for targeting and leading with the crown of his helmet on a hit to tight end A.J. Branisel.
Officials reviewed the play and confirmed the ruling. If the Southeastern Conference upholds the penalty, Poole must sit out the first half of next week’s game against Kentucky.
“It was the right call,” (Florida coach Will) Muschamp said. “I don’t have any problem with the call. I have a problem with the rule. Brian Poole was not trying to flagrantly hurt anyone. It’s a bang-bang play.”
As a true freshman last season, Poole played in 12 of Florida’s 13 games as a reserve defensive back and on special teams. Poole made his first start in Florida’s 2013 season opener against Toledo. Before being ejected Saturday, Poole had made his first career interception.
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