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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.

2022 Stats

By Penalty

False Start penalties commited by position during the 2022 season.

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NameCountYardsHomeAwayDeclinedOffsetting
Offensive Line77376374000
Wide Receiver9454500
Tight End15757800
Unknown/Unset150100
Runningback3152100
Linebacker5253200
Defensive Back4202200
Special Teams150100
Totals115566556000