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Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Southern Miss asks NCAA to review hit



Posted by ESPN.com’s Graham Watson


Southern Miss has asked the NCAA to review the play that resulted in a concussion for receiver Johdrick Morris during Saturday's 37-34 win over Virginia, coach Larry Fedora said Tuesday.

Virginia freshman cornerback Chase Minnifield was responsible for the hit that knocked Morris out of the game. There was no penalty called and Fedora said he thought that was a mistake.

"I don't think there's any doubt that the guy left his feet," Fedora said. "I don't think there's any doubt he led with his head. I don't think there's any doubt he hit a defenseless player above the shoulder area. We'll see what they say. There's supposed to be a big push on protecting a defenseless player."

Fedora said Morris was doubtful for Saturday’s game against No. 20 Kansas. If Morris can’t play, offensive coordinator Darrell Wyatt told the Hattiesburg American that Quentin Pierce would fill his role.