At the snap, all offensive players must be stationary in their positions:
(a) without any movement of feet, head, or arms;
(b) without swaying of body; and
(c) without moving directly forward except that one player only and he, playing in a backfield position, may be in motion provided he is moving, parallel to, obliquely backward from, or directly backward from the line of scrimmage at snap.
Note 1: No player is ever permitted to be moving obliquely or directly forward toward his opponent’s goal line at snap.
Note 2: Non-abrupt movement of head and/or shoulders by offensive players prior to the snap is legal. Players must come to a stop before ball is snapped. If officials judge the action of the offensive players to be abrupt, false start foul is to be called.
Penalty: For player illegally in motion at snap: Loss of five yards from previous spot. In case of doubt, this penalty shall be enforced.
A.R. 7.14 Third-and-one on the B40. Quarterback A1 stops about a foot behind the center and then moves forward and takes the snap and goes to the B38.
Ruling: Illegal motion. Can’t be moving forward at snap. A’s ball third-and-six on B45.
Art. 2 The snap begins when the snapper first moves the ball legally other than in adjustment. In a snap, the movememnt must be a quick and continuous backward motion of the ball [...]
Art. 3 The snap ends when the ball touches the ground or any player.
"The play, created by assistant coach John Delosantos, has gone viral and has even touched off some discussion as to whether it was fair play. 'It was a legal snap, there was nobody else in motion...it was essentially just a quaterback sneak, but a really slow quarterback sneak,' Delosantos told CNN."*
Inevitably, I'm left to wonder why runners with the ball slow down to look behind them
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