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Does the hurry-up offense cause injuries?

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Does the hurry-up offense cause injuries?

This question has been debated now for months, and until someone brings scientific proof to the table it's going to stay a debate. Last week at SEC Media Days Bret Bielema talked about up-tempo offenses like Gus Malzahn's at Auburn put players' safety in danger.

This is also something that Nick Saban has reportedly felt, but don't tell him that.

Today at BIG12 Media Days Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy joined the debate. "In my opinion, high tempo and spread offenses have been the single thing that's created parity in college football," Gundy said.  

"It would be a huge mistake for somebody to be convinced that, that would have in any form or fashion or reason to cause any injury. We're spread out. We're throwing it around and catching it. There's not as many collisions compared to putting everybody together tight and ramming everybody up in there and being a pile."

Gundy's view is a little different than the one Saban, Bielema, and Malzahn debated about.

 "The cumulative effect, they play 64 plays in the NFL, we play almost 80 in college," Saban said at SEC Media Days.

For Saban it was all about the math. If a player plays 300 more plays a season compared to the NFL, is he more susceptible to injury?

Kingsbury not buying into Saban's theory

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