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.

2019 Stats

By Penalty

False Start penalties commited by position during the 2019 season.

NameCountYardsHomeAwayDeclinedOffsetting
Quarterback9453600
Wide Receiver63310342900
Offensive Line368176818118700
Defensive Back9447210
Tight End77378393810
Unknown/Unset7356100
Runningback16799710
Linebacker157510530
Defensive Line5253200
Special Teams8405300
Fullback2101100
Totals579280929828160
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