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Auburn LB Tre Williams disqualified on second quarter targeting call against LSU

Auburn linebacker Tre Williams, No. 30, hits LSU quarterback Danny Etling with the crown of his helmet Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016 at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Auburn linebacker Tre Williams, No. 30, hits LSU quarterback Danny Etling with the crown of his helmet Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016 at Jordan-Hare Stadium. mniziolek@ledger-enquirer.com

Auburn linebacker Tre’ Williams will have to watch the second half of his team’s game against LSU Saturday from the locker room at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Williams was disqualified in the second quarter thanks to a targeting call.

The officials didn’t initially throw a flag on the play when Williams brought LSU quarterback Danny Etling down after a 4-yard gain with safety Nick Ruffin.

Etling didn’t move to get up after the whistle with teammates rushing over to check on him. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound junior also lost his helmet on the play.

The quarterback eventually tried to make it to LSU trainers coming out on the field, but couldn’t make it. He ended up sitting on the field while medical personnel evaluated him.

Officials announced the play was under review during the injury timeout.

The instant replay officials review all targeting calls — and as of this season have the power to “create” a foul when targeting is missed — by rule.

Williams was ruled to have led with the crown of his helmet. Auburn was flagged 15-yards for a personal foul and the linebacker had to exit the field immediately.

Etling rentered the game after one play.

According to The Advocate’s Ross Dellenger, the LSU radio broadcast announced Etling suffered two lacerations on the play but no concussion. Little used Illinois graduate transfer T.J. Neal saw his first action of the season at linebacker with Williams out.

Williams will be eligible to play next week against ULM.

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