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#pounditThursday, December 2, 2021

Nebraska called for unusual ‘disconcerting signals’ penalty

Luke Reimer claps

Nebraska was called for an unusual foul during Saturday night’s game against Michigan.

The Wolverines had a 2nd-and-5 at their 29 with around seven minutes left in the second. One of their offensive linemen moved, causing Nebraska’s defense to point out the movement to the officials. However, there was a reason the lineman moved.

Nebraska linebacker Luke Reimer was clapping on defense, which likely confused Michigan’s offense.

A penalty flag was thrown and Reimer was called for “using disconcerting signals.”

The disconcerting signals penalty was categorized as a delay of game violation, which gave Michigan five yards and therefore a first down.

Defenses are not allowed to use non-football moves by linemen to try and trigger a false start. They are not allowed to clap either, as that is something only offenses can do.

The penalty is a newer one now that so many offenses use no-huddle offenses.

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