On replay, although contact was made to the receiver’s helmet, the primary contact from the Vanderbilt defender was to the shoulder area. The Vanderbilt defender never lowers his head and the contact is made with his facemask up looking at the South Carolina receiver. It was a foul because there was glancing contact to the receiver's helmet. In the UAB contest, based on video replays, the contact was initiated by a slight launch of the defender into the receiver and the primary contact was targeted directly into the receiver's facemask.
— From the SEC The SEC released this statement to The State regarding why D.J. Swearinger got suspended for his hit against UAB but Vandy's Andre Hal did not have to sit for his hit on Justice Cunningham.