back·field | \ˈbak-ˌfēld \

Definition of backfield 

: the football players whose positions are behind the line of scrimmage also : the positions themselves

Examples of backfield in a Sentence

a tackle made in the backfield The team has a strong backfield.

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Sophomore AJ Dillon could develop into one of the best running backs in the country, while dual-threat quarterback Anthony Brown keeps most defenses honest with his abilities and Dillon beside him in the backfield. Safid Deen,, "Boston College is No. 58 in 2018 preseason college football rankings," 30 June 2018 That’s when Clivio decided to shake up his offense, inserting Blair as the quarterback in with Woburn’s Isaiah Cashwell-Doe flanking him in the backfield. Nate Weitzer,, "North defeats South in a thrilling Shriners All-Star Football Classic," 23 June 2018 Somehow, seeing the 6-foot-6, 310-pound Jones taking a spot in the backfield may provide a clue something unusual is about to occur. Blair Kerkhoff, kansascity, "After a 'kind of silent' year, Chris Jones is leading the Chiefs' new defensive players," 15 June 2018 Between the two, Michigan has one of the more experienced and productive backfield tandems returning in the Big Ten. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football running backs must find depth, pass protect better," 3 June 2018 In 2017, Ingram and Kamara were one of the best backfield tandems of all time as both players gained more than 1,500 yards from scrimmage. Josh Katzenstein,, "Alvin Kamara open to any role coaches give him during Mark Ingram's suspension," 21 May 2018 Keenum deftly took over for Bradford, and Jerick McKinnon and Latavius Murray became a productive backfield tandem. USA TODAY, "The NFL's final 4 all overcame injuries to star players," 18 Jan. 2018 Understanding what defenses are, understanding fronts and then taking advantage of who’s the free hitter. … His strength is catching the ball in and out of the backfield. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football getting 'thunder and lightning' with running backs," 8 July 2018 Consider Chubb has a long ways to go in pass protection and isn’t a weapon receiving out of the backfield. Eddie Brown,, "Fantasy Football 2018: Cleveland Browns Preview," 4 July 2018

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First Known Use of backfield

1897, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of backfield was in 1897

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English Language Learners Definition of backfield

: the area of the field that is behind the line of scrimmage

: the players who line up behind the line of scrimmage

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