Stanley Jean-Baptiste won’t forget the Purdue game anytime soon.
Stanley Jean-Baptiste was the first Nebraska player ejected under the targeting rule.
The Nebraska defensive back was well on his way to another big day for the defense when he was ejected from the game following a collision with Dalyn Dawkins that was ruled targeting.
Jean-Baptiste is 6-foot-3 and Dawkins is 5-foot-9. The collision occurred on third down midway through the second quarter, when Jean-Baptiste met Dawkins at the spot of a check down throw from Boilermaker quarterback Danny Etling.
“I could have handled it differently,” he said. “At the same time I feel like I did everything right. I came and just tried to make a play on the ball.
“(The height difference) can be a problem because you’ve got to try to get lower than him and he’s got an advantage, so it’s always going to be helmet-to-helmet contact.”
A review upheld Jean-Baptiste’s ejection and the cornerback, who had an interception in the first quarter, was banished to the locker room for the rest of the game.
When the rest of your teammates and the staff are on the field and there’s no television in the locker room, Jean-Baptiste said things got a little boring.
“Most of the time I was by myself and from time-to-time the equipment managers were stopping in,” he said. “I wasn’t even watching. I could hear the crowd roar so I was happy.”
Since the ejection, the senior defensive back said he’s worked toward putting it behind him and moving on to the Minnesota game.
“I just have to let it go,” he said. “I just have to move forward and not let it bother me. If it happens again then I’ll deal with it.
“I’m real thankful (that it’s over). Thankfully it happened before the second half so I don’t have to sit out against Minnesota. I’m just thankful for that.”
It’s been a good season for Jean-Baptiste, who has interceptions in four games this season. The receiver turned cornerback cashed in on an offseason of hard work. Now he feels more comfortable than ever at the position.
“I love catching interceptions and getting our offense back on the field,” he said. “That’s always a good thing for us to have the offense on the field because we know they’ve got a good chance of picking up points.”
The ejection won’t change how Jean-Baptiste plays going forward. He’s always going to be looking to make a play on the ball and play hard-nosed defense.
“I’ll keep going 100 percent and keep going hard,” Jean-Baptiste said. “Knowing that it will happen again and if it does happen again it’s just how the refs will call it.”
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