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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.

2021 Stats

Totals By Referee/Crew

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 TotalPer Game
NameGamesCountYardsDismissedHomeAwayCountYardsDismissedHomeAway
Adrian Hill28400174.0020.000.000.503.50
Alex Kemp12100202.0010.000.002.000.00
Bill Vinovich26260423.0013.000.002.001.00
Brad Allen22100111.005.000.000.500.50
Brad Rogers22100021.005.000.000.001.00
Carl Cheffers26300333.0015.000.001.501.50
Clay Martin28400444.0020.000.002.002.00
Clete Blakeman22100111.005.000.000.500.50
Craig Wrolstad14190224.0019.000.002.002.00
Jerome Boger27340343.5017.000.001.502.00
John Hussey26290333.0014.500.001.501.50
Land Clark28400624.0020.000.003.001.00
Ron Torbert24200222.0010.000.001.001.00
Scott Novak212590486.0029.500.002.004.00
Shawn Hochuli24200222.0010.000.001.001.00
Shawn Smith25250412.5012.500.002.000.50
Tony Corrente24200312.0010.000.001.500.50
Totals32904420454548235.5024.523.5