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UIL moves closer to contact practice limits

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DENISON, TX -- Player safety continues to be one of the biggest concerns in prep sports.

Today Texas' University Interscholastic League has decided to address the issue by moving closer to a 90-minute-per week limit on full contact practice.

The hope is to help slow concussions and other injuries in the sport.

It won't apply to spring drills or preseason practices, but would kick in the week of the first game.

The measure would limit game-speed tackling and blocking to the ground covering both high schools and middle schools.

Denison head coach Chad Rogers says it would not be a problem for his Yellow Jackets.

"The reason they put it in obviously is a protection for the kids and preventative, and I don't see an issue with it. I think it's a good thing and we'll just follow it and go on. It fits right in with what our practice schedule is," Rogers said. "Ninety minutes is a long time, a lot of contact can happen in 90 minutes."

The rule is pending approval from the State Education Commissioner before the start of preseason practice in August.