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Valai says hits were legal


Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel has asked the Big Ten Conference to review a hit made by Wisconsin safety Jay Valai because Tressel feels it was an illegal helmet-to-helmet hit.

One hit showed Valai smacking into receiver Dan Harron last Saturday night, it happened away from the ball.

Herron was knocked out of the game with a concussion because of the hit, Herron won't be able to play this weekend, neither will OSU receiver Dane Sanzenbacher who also suffered an injury on a hit made by Valai in the game.

Jay Valai thinks his hits were legal, even the one on Herron.

"I got all shoulder on that one. I just got low. I'm a short guy. I didn't think the hit was illegal. It's football. You gotta go out there smackin' kids around. I hate the little pretty stuff, just dumps here and there. That real gritty style football, the Dick Butkus style. I like doing that.

Like the old Chuck Cecil days with the Packers!

By the way, helmet to helmet hits carry 15-yard penalties.

No flag was thrown on either hit made by Valai last Saturday.

Valai and the Badgers host 6th ranked Penn State this Saturday night at 7.

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