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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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SeasonGamesPenalty CountPenalty YardsHomeAwayDeclinedOffsettingTotal Flags
2020269518252324127700518
2021285600291630229800600
202248113556545900113
2009267685335034334210686
2010267670329134832250675
2011267667327631735030670
2012267617302432729011619
2013267530257827525520532
2014267612297631329930615
2015267590287531527510591
2016267602297930729500602
2017267528259227125730531
2018267586285930628020588
2019267579280929828160585
Totals3539789738604401738802717925


Penalties By Season - Per Game

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

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SeasonGamesPenalty CountPenalty YardsHomeAwayDeclinedOffsettingTotal Flags
20202691.939.380.901.030.000.001.93
20212852.1110.231.061.050.000.002.11
2022482.3511.581.131.230.000.002.35
20092672.5712.551.281.280.000.002.57
20102672.5112.331.301.210.020.002.53
20112672.5012.271.191.310.010.002.51
20122672.3111.331.221.090.000.002.32
20132671.999.661.030.960.010.001.99
20142672.2911.151.171.120.010.002.30
20152672.2110.771.181.030.000.002.21
20162672.2511.161.151.100.000.002.25
20172671.989.711.010.960.010.001.99
20182672.1910.711.151.050.010.002.20
20192672.1710.521.121.050.020.002.19
Totals35392.2310.911.141.100.010.002.24