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About Football Glossary - False Start

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Quarterback Matt Barkley #7 of the USC Trojans

Quarterback Matt Barkley #7 of the USC Trojans is not happy after as an official calls a false start on the Trojans in the second quarter of a game against the Oregon Ducks.

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Definition: An infraction in which an offensive player moves before the ball is snapped.

Examples: A false start results in a five-yard penalty against the offending team.

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