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Offline Bulldog75

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Illegal Motion or False Start
« on: September 20, 2022, 09:46:11 AM »
A back in motion turns and moves forward towards the LOS before the snap.  This is illegal motion, live ball penalty, not false start, dead ball penalty.  Correct?

Offline DallasStripes

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Re: Illegal Motion or False Start
« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2022, 09:52:21 AM »
If it's an action that the back is intending to time with the snap / ie a 'start of the play' move, FST it

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Re: Illegal Motion or False Start
« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2022, 10:03:42 AM »
As DallasStripes alludes, it depends on the nature of the action. If he turns toward the NZ like he is starting to move downfield to run a route or seek an opponent to block, but before the ball is snapped, then that is a false start - just the same as a tackle charging forward.
On the other hand, if his motion is smooth, more like he could be simply changing positions - and he is just moving forward at the snap, that would just be illegal motion.

If in question, FST is the safe call.