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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.

2021 Stats

By Penalty

False Start penalties commited by position during the 2021 season.

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NameCountYardsHomeAwayDeclinedOffsetting
Unknown/Unset150100
Offensive Line64312323200
Wide Receiver178611600
Special Teams3153000
Fullback3151200
Tight End13605800
Defensive Back5253200
Quarterback2102000
Linebacker2100200
Runningback2102000
Totals112548595300