back judge

noun

Definition of back judge

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

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On third down, Jordan Howden has a pass breakup and celebrated with his teammates before the back judge threw a late flag. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "Antoine Winfield deja vu: This time, Gophers top Fresno State 38-35 in 2 OT thriller," 8 Sep. 2019 Last year Steratore’s back judge, Paganelli, had a rare no-downgrade season and got the call. Peter King, SI.com, "Game 150: A Week in the Life of an Officiating Crew," 4 Dec. 2013 If so, the official, either the back judge or side judge, should have blown the whistle. Peter King, SI.com, "NFL Replay Critics: Stop the Obsession, and the Unrealistic Expectations for Officials," 23 Jan. 2018 His son, Shawn Hochuli, was promoted from back judge to replace him. 2. Jacob Feldman, SI.com, "A Potential Star WR Heads to the Market," 7 Mar. 2018 And there was the highlight of my afternoon as a back judge. George Schroeder, USA TODAY, "Being a college football official is hard. I tried it at the South Carolina spring game," 5 Apr. 2018 The other members of the Super Bowl officiating team will be umpire Roy Ellison, down judge Jerry Bergman, line judge Byron Boston, field judge Tom Hill and back judge Perry Paganelli. Mark Inabinett, AL.com, "Alabama graduate on officiating crew for Super Bowl LII," 18 Jan. 2018 The other officials for the game will be umpire Roy Ellison, down judge Jerry Bergman, line judge Byron Boston, field judge Tom Hill, side judge Scott Edwards and back judge Perry Pagnelli. Daniel Rapaport, SI.com, "Gene Steratore Named Super Bowl LII Referee," 17 Jan. 2018 The back judge is responsible for the play clock, as well as counting the defensive players, so Russell’s mental routine before a play begins goes something like this: Down. George Schroeder, USA TODAY, "Being a college football official is hard. I tried it at the South Carolina spring game," 5 Apr. 2018

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1947, in the meaning defined above

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