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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.

2022 Stats

Totals By Referee/Crew

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 TotalPer Game
NameGamesCountYardsDismissedHomeAwayCountYardsDismissedHomeAway
Adrian Hill24200222.0010.000.001.001.00
Alex Kemp36300332.0010.000.001.001.00
Bill Vinovich34200131.336.670.000.331.00
Brad Allen29450364.5022.500.001.503.00
Brad Rogers34190041.336.330.000.001.33
Carl Cheffers311550653.6718.330.002.001.67
Clay Martin37350252.3311.670.000.671.67
Clete Blakeman39450543.0015.000.001.671.33
Craig Wrolstad35250231.678.330.000.671.00
Jerome Boger23150211.507.500.001.000.50
John Hussey33150121.005.000.000.330.67
Land Clark39450453.0015.000.001.331.67
Ron Torbert311530743.6717.670.002.331.33
Scott Novak36300512.0010.000.001.670.33
Shawn Hochuli38390532.6713.000.001.671.00
Shawn Smith38350442.6711.670.001.331.33
Tra Blake48400352.0010.000.000.751.25
Totals491155660556040.34198.67019.2521.08