back·​field | \ ˈbak-ˌfēld How to pronounce backfield (audio) \

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Particularly the All-Pro running back’s impact as a receiving option out of the backfield. Joel A. Erickson, The Indianapolis Star, 11 May 2022 But with usage out of the backfield comes concern over wear and tear for a player who has fought through injuries and endured durability issues in his career. Nicholas Mcgee, Forbes, 30 Apr. 2022 Spiller has prototypical size for a workhorse and sure-hands out of the backfield (74 receptions in three seasons). Eddie Brown, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Apr. 2022 Both players rely on relentless pursuit and maximum effort to bring down quarterbacks and cause disruption in the backfield. Bob Mcmanaman, The Arizona Republic, 13 May 2022 Samuel appeared to relish being used as a 'wide back' last season, breaking an NFL record for rushing touchdowns by a wide receiver with eight as the Niners featured him heavily in the backfield in addition to lining him up as a wideout. Nicholas Mcgee, Forbes, 30 Apr. 2022 Farrell exhibits surprising quickness for a nose tackle and showcases excellent vision while tracking running backs in the backfield. Eddie Brown, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Apr. 2022 In the backfield, UNC has four options but no clear answer coming out of spring drills. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, 18 Apr. 2022 Along with Wyoming High School grad Evan Prater at quarterback, the Bearcats now have the possibility of starting two Mr. Football winners in the backfield. Kyle Brown, The Enquirer, 18 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of backfield

1897, in the meaning defined above

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17 Jun 2022

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“Backfield.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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