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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.

Penalties By Season

Note: Offsetting and Declined penalties are ignored, except where specified.

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SeasonGamesTotal CountPenalty YardsHomeAwayDeclinedOffsetting
2020269518252324127700
2021168376183320716900
2009267685335034334210
2010267670329134832250
2011267667327631735030
2012267617302432729011
2013267530257827525520
2014267612297631329930
2015267590287531527510
2016267602297930729500
2017267528259227125730
2018267586285930628020
2019267579280929828160
Totals337475603696538683692271


Penalties By Season - Per Game

Note: Offsetting and Declined penalties are ignored, except where specified.

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SeasonGamesTotal CountPenalty YardsHomeAwayDeclinedOffsetting
20202691.939.380.901.030.000.00
20211682.2410.911.231.010.000.00
20092672.5712.551.281.280.000.00
20102672.5112.331.301.210.020.00
20112672.5012.271.191.310.010.00
20122672.3111.331.221.090.000.00
20132671.999.661.030.960.010.00
20142672.2911.151.171.120.010.00
20152672.2110.771.181.030.000.00
20162672.2511.161.151.100.000.00
20172671.989.711.010.960.010.00
20182672.1910.711.151.050.010.00
20192672.1710.521.121.050.020.00
Totals33742.2410.961.151.090.010.00