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Michigan State football coach Mark Dantonio said Sunday that he planned to send a couple plays to the Big Ten office from Saturday s 14 10 win over Michigan in which he believed targeting went uncalled.

One play that drew attention over the weekend was a hit by Michigan sophomore linebacker Devin Bush Jr., who was seen on film finishing a tackle on quarterback Brian Lewerke with his head — hitting Lewerke in his helmet.

No targeting foul was called on the play.

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Defensive coordinator Don Brown said Wednesday he was not concerned about the possibility of Bush eventually getting tossed out of a game for targeting. Bush narrowly avoided a targeting call in the Wolverines season opening win against Florida.

Those scenarios are instantaneous and they happen so fast. Every week we tackle Grant Newsome Jersey, every week we go through the process, Brown said during an interview with WXYT FM 97.1 in Detroit. This guy is a hard worker. This guy competes his tail off. If you take the film and go through scenarios, there are a lot of things on both sides of the ball that occur and occurred during that football game.

I m a little disappointed some people are targeting our best players that competes his tail off in that scenario, because it happens all over the film on both sides of the football. In every college football game there will be questions about targeting.

Bush has been one of Michigan s best defensive players through five weeks this season, as he s the leading tackler 41 on the country s top ranked defense. He also has 5 1/2 tackles for loss and 4 1/2 sacks.

He was ejected for targeting once last season, during the first half of a loss at Iowa.

Still, Michigan s coaches insist they re teaching players to keep their heads out of tackles during games, and believe players are responding to those teachable moments. We re playing football. I m not going to get into them sending film, the officials will officiate the game, Michigan linebackers coach Chris Partridge said. Obviously we want to keep our head out of it, that s what we teach. But I m not going to get into what they re going to decide to do after the game.

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