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False Start

Definition

It is a False Start if the ball has been placed ready for play, and, prior to the snap, an offensive player who has assumed a set position charges or moves in such a way as to simulate the start of a play, or if an offensive player who is in motion makes a sudden movement toward the line of scrimmage. Any quick abrupt movement by a single offensive player, or by several offensive players in unison, which simulates the start of the snap, is a false start. Exceptions: This does not apply to an offensive player under the center who turns his head or shoulders, unless the movement is an obvious attempt to draw an opponent offside.

Outcome

Loss of five yards from the line of scrimmage. The foul is enforced prior to the snap.

2020 Stats

Totals By Referee/Crew

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 TotalPer Game
NameGamesCountYardsDismissedHomeAwayCountYardsDismissedHomeAway
Adrian Hill1623115010131.447.190.000.630.81
Alex Kemp172411901591.417.000.000.880.53
Bill Vinovich1529134014151.938.930.000.931.00
Brad Allen162110309121.316.440.000.560.75
Brad Rogers1425125015101.798.930.001.070.71
Carl Cheffers1641192016252.5612.000.001.001.56
Clay Martin1327135012152.0810.380.000.921.15
Clete Blakeman1530146013172.009.730.000.871.13
Craig Wrolstad1638184021172.3811.500.001.311.06
Jerome Boger1638181020182.3811.310.001.251.13
John Hussey1635173010252.1910.810.000.631.56
Land Clark1542202018242.8013.470.001.201.60
Ron Torbert1629143013161.818.940.000.811.00
Scott Novak1627135011161.698.440.000.691.00
Shawn Hochuli1525121010151.678.070.000.671.00
Shawn Smith1725125012131.477.350.000.710.76
Tony Corrente1533160019142.2010.670.001.270.93
Totals2645122493023827433.11161.16015.417.68