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Texas coaches discuss Jalen Green’s targeting penalty

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Tom Herman believes that Green got caught up “in the heat of the moment” after the coaches emphasized the need to take away bubble screens by Kansas State.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 09 Kansas State at Texas Photo by John Rivera/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Against the Kansas State Wildcats last Saturday, Texas Longhorns sophomore cornerback Jalen Green was ejected for targeting, resulting in a first-half suspension for the road trip to face the Iowa State Cyclones this weekend, sparking an apology from Green released on Wednesday through the school.

With Kansas State head coach Chris Klieman on record that he believes Green should face further punishment beyond the mandated suspension, Texas coaches were asked about the play this week.

“He’s apologetic, feels really bad about it,” defensive coordinator Todd Orlando said on Wednesday. “It’s obviously not a thing that we like to see, so he’ll learn from it.”

The coaches used it as an educational opportunity with Green in their discussion with him this week.

“He doesn’t feel good about it, I can tell you that. Obviously, from our standpoint, we want clean football.”

During head coach Tom Herman’s Thursday media availability, he was asked about the play, too.

“I thought it was overly aggressive,” Herman said. “They had been hurting us with the bubble screens quite a bit and we were on our guys about the corners supporting that more physically, but we obviously don’t coach that in terms of where he hit the guy and the ball not going that way. I think he just kind of lost it for a second and we certainly don’t coach that.

“I thought it was really, really mature of him to want everybody to know that he was sorry and that it certainly was not what he was coached to do. He’s a great kid that mean no ill will — he wasn’t trying to hurt the guy or anything. He was in the heat of the moment thinking he was supporting the bubble screen as physical as we wanted him to. He’s just got to be smarter.”