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.

2015 Stats

By Penalty

False Start penalties commited by position during the 2015 season.

NameCountYardsHomeAwayDeclinedOffsetting
Offensive Line393192520319010
Quarterback8356200
Tight End76357344200
Wide Receiver62306451700
Runningback11568300
Linebacker10497300
Fullback9453600
Defensive Back8402600
Unknown/Unset6296000
Special Teams4181300
Defensive Line3150300
Totals590287531527510
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