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.

2012 Stats

Penalties By Week

Note: Offsetting and Declined penalties are ignored, except where specified.

WeekGamesTotal CountPenalty YardsHomeAwayDeclinedOffsetting
11640196142600
21640198221800
31649232282100
41530147161400
51441198241700
61439189211810
71333157201300
81423116131000
91437183221500
101427135111600
111434170171700
121632160171501
131630150161400
141638189201800
151642198291300
161632158161600
171636178171900
1845251400
1948403500
202150100
Totals266617302432729011

Penalties By Week - Per Game

Note: Offsetting and Declined penalties are ignored, except where specified.

WeekGamesTotal CountPenalty YardsHomeAwayDeclinedOffsetting
1162.512.250.881.6300
2162.512.381.381.1300
3163.0614.51.751.3100
41529.81.070.9300
5142.9314.141.711.2100
6142.7913.51.51.290.070
7132.5412.081.54100
8141.648.290.930.7100
9142.6413.071.571.0700
10141.939.640.791.1400
11142.4312.141.211.2100
12162101.060.9400.06
13161.889.3810.8800
14162.3811.811.251.1300
15162.6312.381.810.8100
161629.881100
17162.2511.131.061.1900
1841.256.250.25100
1942100.751.2500
2020.52.500.500
Totals26643.85215.1222.5121.330.070.06
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