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Arkansas coach Bret Bielema wants rules changes to slow down no-huddle offenses

Arkansas coach Bret (Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) Arkansas coach Bret Bielema wants no-huddle offenses slowed down. (Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

The advent of up-tempo offenses around college football have a few coaches concerned about potential injuries and wondering about the fairness of the game.

Add first-year Arkansas coach Bret Bielema to the list of coaches who want the NCAA to change the rulebook on the no-huddle offense. Bielema proposed a rules change that would allow a 15-second substitution period after every first down to allow defenses to make changes.

Conference foes Ole Miss and Texas A&M run a version of the no-huddle. The Aggies averaged 44 points a game last season running that offense and Ole Miss averaged 31.

"Not to get on the coattails of some of the other coaches, there is a lot of truth that the way offensive philosophies are driven now, there's times where you can't get a defensive substitution in for eight, 10, 12-play drives," Bielema said, via AL.com. "That has an effect on safety of that student-athlete, especially the bigger defensive linemen, that is really real."

Arkansas plays A&M on Sept. 28 and Ole Miss on Nov. 9.

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