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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 Hill1631146012191.949.130.000.751.19
Alex Kemp1729142014151.718.350.000.820.88
Bill Vinovich1624114012121.507.130.000.750.75
Brad Allen1731154014171.829.060.000.821.00
Brad Rogers1631153018131.949.560.001.130.81
Carl Cheffers1638182021172.3811.380.001.311.06
Clay Martin1732157016161.889.240.000.940.94
Clete Blakeman1631152014171.949.500.000.881.06
Craig Wrolstad1741198020212.4111.650.001.181.24
Jerome Boger1739188021182.2911.060.001.241.06
John Hussey1640194019212.5012.130.001.191.31
Land Clark1638191025132.3811.940.001.560.81
Ron Torbert1632147014182.009.190.000.881.13
Scott Novak1641202015262.5612.630.000.941.63
Shawn Hochuli1641198017242.5612.380.001.061.50
Shawn Smith1737179025122.1810.530.001.470.71
Tony Corrente1633164021122.0610.250.001.310.75
Totals2785892861029829136.05175.11018.2317.83