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.

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France has no discernible weak link, only competence and cohesion binding its defensive backfield to midfield and, in turn, to the forwards up front. Liz Clarke,, "Better early than never: US-France is a World Cup quarterfinal with big-time stakes," 25 June 2019 D’Andre Swift, Georgia Swift will be next in line for Georgia as the Bulldogs rebuild their backfield without Sony Michel and Nick Chubb. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "The best running backs in college football for 2018," 4 July 2018 The Colts have nothing if not significant potential in their backfield, from the untapped talents of Marlon Mack, to the short-yardage proficiency of Turbin and the tantalizing skill set of fourth-round pick Nyheim Hines. Stephen Holder, Indianapolis Star, "Coach Tom Rathman challenging Colts running backs to get tougher," 16 May 2018 Davis mentioned Maxwell, Anthony Jones, D’Vonte Price and Shawndarrius Phillips as part of his deep backfield. Walter Villa, miamiherald, "FIU football spring practices under way — and Butch Davis had this to say about his team | Miami Herald," 5 Mar. 2018 Running back Royce Freeman looked comfortable catching passes out of the backfield. Ryan O'halloran, The Denver Post, "Broncos Mailbag: Does Joe Flacco really have John Elway’s full support?," 11 June 2019 Despite his youth, Pickett will have a veteran backfield with seniors Darrin Hall and Qadree Ollison, plus a handful of proven wideouts. Laken Litman, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Analyzing Notre Dame football's 2018 schedule, from least to most dangerous games," 21 June 2018 Campbell could be a menace in the backfield and the slot in 2019. Conor Orr,, "AFC South Offseason Reports: The Colts Are Positioned for Power," 4 June 2019 Eric Dickerson, half of SMU’s famed Pony Express backfield, is not in yet. Ralph D. Russo, The Denver Post, "Analysis: Picking the 2020 class for College Football Hall of Fame," 4 June 2019

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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

American football
: 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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