This blog today will focus on the main penalties you will see in a college football game. The people on the field wearing black & white striped shirts are the officials and they are the ones that can call the penalties. They can call penalties against the offense or defense. Below are the common penalties:
Delay of game - the play clock will start and the offense has 25 seconds to get the play started by snapping the ball. If they fail to do so, there is a 5 yard penalty.
Offsides - a defensive play crossed the line of scrimmage (where the ball is sitting) and made contact with an offensive player or did not get back behind the line of scrimmage. This is also a 5 yard penalty.
Illegal procedure - an offensive lineman moved before play started or a receiver who was in motion did not move parallel with the line of scrimmage. This is a 5 yard penalty.
Holding - an offensive lineman used his hands while blocking. This is a 10 yard penalty.
Facemask - this is where a player tries to tackle someone by yanking on the facemask of the helmet. This is a 5 yard penalty if accidental and 15 yards if it is flagrant.
Unsportsman-Like Conduct - this says it all and is a 15 yard penalty
Clipping, Chop Block & Illegal Block - this is a block that occurs from the back. This is a 10 yard penalty
Unnecessary Roughness, Roughing the Passer & Roughing the Kicker - tackling someone after they no longer have the ball. This is a 15 yard penalty.
These are some of the penalties. If a penalty is called on a team, the other team can accept or decline the penalty. Usually the penalty is stepped off from the original line of scrimmage. There are exceptions and that is a topic for another day.