Blakeney not a fan of proposed rule change, will vote against it

Published 11:00 pm Thursday, February 13, 2014

Troy head coach Larry Blakeney doesn’t think the new proposed rule change to slow down offenses in college football will get much traction.

The NCAA Football Rules Committee has recommended a rules change barring offenses from snapping the ball until the play clock reaches 29 seconds or less in order to give defenses time to substitute within the first 10 seconds of the 40-second play clock.

Blakeney said he has no plans to vote in favor of the change.

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“We, number one, hope it does not pass,” said Blakeney. “We will also vote against it if our athletic director will allow us. I really don’t think it will have a profound effect on up-tempo teams anyway.”

Troy averaged over 76 plays a game during the 2013 season, which is 36th in the nation.

The Trojans’ offense moved at a quicker pace on the road, averaging 81 plays compared to 74 at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

Texas Tech led the nation in plays per game with an average of 94.6.

While Troy’s offense moves at a quick pace, Blakeney feels the proposed rule change will not hinder the Trojans at all, but doesn’t like the constant rule changes in the game.

“We don’t snap it in 11 seconds too many times anyhow,” Blakeney said. “Once we learn the rules, we need to abide by and go by the rules instead of changing them every one or two years. We need to make sure that we are officiating folks faking injuries to slow it down more so than being worried if the clock is on 30 or 29.”

Troy opens spring practice on February 24.