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Western Kentucky LB Andrew Jackson had the hit of the week (Video)

Andrew Jackson hitWestern Kentucky linebacker Andrew Jackson delivered the hit of the weekend on Saturday. The senior busted through the middle of the Kentucky line and absolutely obliterated Wildcats running back Jonathan George on a fourth-down inside handoff in the third quarter. It wasn’t quite as good as Jadeveon Clowney’s hit on Vincent Smith because the helmet didn’t pop off, but the impact and power seemed to be the similar.

It should come as no surprise that Jackson recorded a team-leading 122 tackles, 4 forced fumbles, and 3 quarterback hits last year and was a first-team all-Sun Belt Conference selection.

Just to jog your memory, Jackson is also the same player who had a quote that went viral two years ago. While facing Kentucky (again), he said aloud on the sidelines, “they supposed to be SEC” with disappointment toward the Wildcats. Once again, Jackson proved that Kentucky was not living up to its SEC billing. The Hilltoppers won the game 35-26 in Bobby Petrino’s coaching debut with the school.

Below is a different look at the highlight:

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Massive Pee Wee running back completely trucks defender (Video)

I don’t exactly know how youth football works now, but when I was younger in my hometown everything was organized by weight. This was done for safety, of course. Either I just don’t understand the levels of Pee Wee Football, or this is apparently no longer a rule.

As you can see from the video above that Jimmy Traina shared with us, a brave little boy recently tried to make a tackle on an opponent that was three times his size — and three times everyone else on the field’s size for that matter. The end result was even worse than you may expect, as the poor little fella was trucked harder than anyone we’ve ever seen.

We’ve showed you some massive hits here on LBS over the years, but this has to rank up there with the most ferocious. Somebody check that kid’s birth certificate.

UPDATE: Deadspin pointed out that the video is actually three years old and the teams were Shamokin and Pottsville — both from Pennsylvania. Nevertheless, it’s the first time we’ve seen it and all that information does is make us terrified of how large the ball carrier must be now.

Ronnie Lott narrates video sent to NFL teams about hard but legal hits

The NFL is emphasizing player safety, but that doesn’t mean they want hard hits eliminated from the game. To prove this point, they had noted hard hitter Ronnie Lott participate in a video sent to teams.

Jay Glazer reported on the FOX NFL Sunday pregame show that the NFL sent a video to all 32 teams to send the message that hard hits are still acceptable in the game, so long as they are legal.

The video featured hard hits from last season’s playoff games — including the conference title games and Super Bowl. Lott, who is a 10-time Pro Bowler and Hall of Famer, narrated the video.

Glazer says the NFL has mandated that teams have all their players watch the video. Teams were instructed to confirm that their players have seen the video.

Lott is one of the hardest hitters the game has ever seen, so asking him to narrate the video was an attempt to emphasize to players that they can still commit hard hits that are within the rules.

Alabama DL LaMichael Fanning suplexes helpless Missouri RB (Video)

Alabama’s LaMichael Fanning can expect a suspension in the near future.

The redshirt freshman defensive lineman absolutely annihilated a helpless Missouri running back during the final minutes of No. 1 Bama’s 42-10 win in Columbia on Saturday.

Fanning, who is listed at 6’7″ and 298 pounds, shed a block on an inside handoff to freshman running back Russell Hansbrough, snatched the little man, bear-hugged him, and then lifted him up and slammed him over his head backwards. That’s what we call a suplex in wrestling.

Fanning received an unnecessary roughness penalty for crushing the 5’9″ 180-pounder, and as you could hear Gary Danielson and Verne Lundquist saying on CBS, SEC commissioner Mike Slive will likely punish the man for the play.

Fanning hasn’t seen much action this season, but there’s little doubt he got his coaches’ attention with that play.

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Minnesota RB Donnell Kirkwood hit so hard decal flies off his helmet (Video)

Minnesota running back Donnell Kirkwood was hit so hard on a second quarter run against Northwestern Saturday that the decal on his helmet literally came off.

Kirkwood danced through a nice hole and lowered his shoulder to prepare for contact with Northwestern DB Ibraheim Campbell who met him with such force that the “M” on Kirkwood’s helmet came off.

We’ve seen uniform issues with decals before, but those were due to “wardrobe malfunctions,” not hard hits. This was a unique case.

Kirkwood, a sophomore from Delray Beach, Fla., gained 73 yards on 18 carries in his team’s 21-13 loss.

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Colorado State kicker Jared Roberts gets lit up on onside kick (Video)

Trailing Utah State by 12 with less than two minutes remaining in the game on Saturday, Colorado State decided to attempt an onside kick. Jared Roberts, the kicker for the Rams, made two mistakes in executing the play. First and foremost, he didn’t kick the ball far enough. As you can see from the video above that Kegs ‘N Eggs shared with us, the ball went about seven yards when it has to go 10. Wait, you weren’t focused on that? I guess that’s understandable.

What likely caught your eye when watching the play was Roberts nearly coming out of his cleats and losing his head. Utah State linebacker Jake Doughty sprinted right toward Roberts as the ball was rolling and decided to completely take him out of the play. Doughty was called for unnecessary on the play, but the only thing that was really uneccesary about it is that it was helmet-to-helmet contact. Aside from that, Roberts learned a very valuable listen — keep your head up when jogging toward 200-plus pound linebackers with a live ball on the ground.

For more big hits that result in guys listening to the same ringing noise that undoubtedly filled Roberts’ head, click here.

Rugby player Dean Young knocked out cold on devastating hit (Video)

From Australia’s National Rugby League comes the above video of one of the most vicious hits you’ll see in contact sports. St. George Illawarra’s Dean Young was knocked unconscious on a punishing tackle made by South Sydney’s Greg Inglis in Saturday night’s contest. The ball was jarred loose (fumbled?) and when play stopped both sides had to separated when tempers flared.

Young was put in a neck brace and carted off the field. He reportedly was “heavily concussed” but showed no other signs of injury. Inglis could receive a staggering three-week suspension from the NRL, to which even Roger Goodell is dumbfounded.

H/T The Score