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August 9, 2013

Cowboys prepare for new targeting rule to be implemented

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STILLWATER, Okla. —

“There’s been a number of people that have said (Clowney’s hit) would be an ejection. That would concern me because I wouldn’t know what to tell him. He just went up the field, slanted inside and hit him.”

Even so, players like Oklahoma State senior defensive tackle Davidell Collins said he won’t be changing much when it comes to the way he approaches a ball carrier.

“It doesn’t change anything for us,” Collins said. “If you keep your head up you should be fine.”

For Lavey, who hadn’t even heard about the ejection part being added before Oklahoma State’s media day, the hardest part of the new rule will be trying to make that split-second decision, knowing that any hesitation could result in a big play.

“You just have to go out there and play the game,” Lavey said. “You can’t worry about any of that other stuff. We work on form tackling all the time, so I’m confident that when the time comes we’ll be able to make the play without getting a penalty.”

Penalties and ejections may come in a flurry the first few weeks of the season, but Oklahoma State sophomore cornerback Ashton Lampkin said it isn’t going to keep the Cowboys from being aggressive on defense.

“I love that (Spencer) makes us more aggressive,” Lampkin said. “He makes us get out there and get more competitive. We were kind of passive last year. Now we’re more competitive, so we should be better.

“Coach (Spencer) has gone over the rules with us. He knows and we know that early on everybody is going to be looking for those (targeting) calls, but we can’t let it get to us. If there’s a penalty or something like that, we just have to let it go and get ready for the next play.”

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