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Finally, a study that examines pace of play and its relation to injuries

Since the word leaked of the defensive substitution rule (AKA the "ten second rule) proposal last week, we've extensively covered the reaction from coaches, the coaches who seem to be behind the push for the rule, and the fact that there is no hard data to support the claim that up tempo offenses are dangerous to players.

Thanks to some in depth research from the guys at College Football Matrix, no huddle coaches can breathe a little easier thanks to some definitive findings that favor an up tempo approach when it comes to its relation to injuries

Based on their data, which takes a look at the pace of play, and total starts loss due to injury from 2009-2012, the Big 12 averaged the most snaps per game (162.4) of any of the big five conferences, and lost a total of 595 starts during the four year cross section. On the other hand, the SEC ran about 13 less plays per game, and lost a total of 1,098 starts, which was the most starts lost among the power five leagues.

That's quite a statement favoring up tempo teams in regards to the proposed rule change. Personally, I've seen all I need to see on the proposal to formulate my own opinion, and continue to think it is as ludicrous as it was on day one. Now there's just solid scientific evidence to support it.

See the full study, and read some very in depth observations from the College Football Matrix guys here. 


Author: Doug Samuels
Doug Samuels has been with FootballScoop since 2011. Samuels joined the FootballScoop staff after serving as a college scout as well as an assistant coach at the college level, where he was fortunate enough to have coached every offensive position by age 24. Samuels is a lifelong Michigan State fan, no huddle enthusiast, and currently coaches high school football in West Michigan.