False Start

Definition

It is a False Start if the ball has been placed ready for play, and, prior to the snap, an offensive player who has assumed a set position charges or moves in such a way as to simulate the start of a play, or if an offensive player who is in motion makes a sudden movement toward the line of scrimmage. Any quick abrupt movement by a single offensive player, or by several offensive players in unison, which simulates the start of the snap, is a false start. Exceptions: This does not apply to an offensive player under the center who turns his head or shoulders, unless the movement is an obvious attempt to draw an opponent offside.

Outcome

Loss of five yards from the line of scrimmage. The foul is enforced prior to the snap.

2010 Stats

By Penalty

False Start penalties commited by position during the 2010 season.

NameCountYardsHomeAwayDeclinedOffsetting
Quarterback7353400
Offensive Line473233223523810
Tight End81393423910
Fullback12606600
Linebacker199411800
Wide Receiver48236331510
Runningback12557520
Unknown/Unset3153000
Defensive Back9416300
Defensive Line4201300
Special Teams2101100
Totals670329134832250
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