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 Receiver48236272100
Offensive Line292140414714500
Defensive Back7355210
Tight End61298332810
Unknown/Unset3152100
Runningback10496410
Linebacker11558320
Defensive Line3151200
Special Teams6304200
Fullback150100
Totals451218723621550
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