back judge


: a football official whose duties include keeping the game's official time and identifying eligible pass receivers

Examples of back judge in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When Granada Hills High speedster Dijon Stanley took off on a 90-yard touchdown run in the City Section Division I championship game last month, video showed a back judge matching strides with Stanley. Eric Sondheimer columnist follow, Los Angeles Times, 12 Dec. 2022 Leavy officiated two Super Bowls, one as a back judge in Super Bowl 34 and the other as a referee in Super Bowl 40. Scooby Axson, USA TODAY, 31 Mar. 2023 Here’s who will make up the rest of Cheffers’ Super Bowl LVII officiating crew: Roy Ellison (umpire), Jerod Phillips (down judge), Jeff Bergman (line judge), John Jenkins (field judge), Eugene Hall (side judge), Dino Paganelli (back judge), Mark Butterworth (replay official). Los Angeles Times, 4 Feb. 2023 The back judge was on the play. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, 28 Dec. 2021 Here’s the rest of the crew: Umpire Roy Ellison, line judge Jeff Bergman, down judge Jerod Phillips, field judge John Jenkins, side judge Eugene Hall, back judge Dino Paganelli, replay official Mark Butterworth. Katie McInerney,, 12 Feb. 2023 Curtis Samuel battled triple coverage -- back judge Steve Patrick interfered with safety Camryn Bynum -- and made a diving catch before popping up and over the goal line without anyone touching him for the score. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, 7 Nov. 2022 Hendrickson gave Saints quarterback Andy Dalton a two-handed shove well after the ball left his hand in plain view of the back judge. Michael Niziolek, cleveland, 18 Oct. 2022 The play clock was well past zero when Zappe took the snap, and almost everyone in the stadium saw it — except back judge Keith Ferguson, that is. Ben Volin,, 2 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1947, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of back judge was in 1947

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“Back judge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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