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.

2018 Stats

By Penalty

False Start penalties commited by position during the 2018 season.

NameCountYardsHomeAwayDeclinedOffsetting
Tight End62302323000
Defensive Back5245000
Linebacker2101110
Offensive Line194936999500
Wide Receiver31155181300
Quarterback6304200
Special Teams7351600
Runningback7355200
Unknown/Unset140100
Defensive Line2100210
Fullback150100
Totals318154616515320
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