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.

2011 Stats

By Penalty

False Start penalties commited by position during the 2011 season.

NameCountYardsHomeAwayDeclinedOffsetting
Offensive Line427210417924820
Linebacker14686800
Unknown/Unset8373500
Tight End103502495410
Wide Receiver64318491500
Fullback10448200
Runningback13658500
Defensive Line9455400
Special Teams5254100
Quarterback8394400
Defensive Back6292400
Totals667327631735030
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