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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There is no shortage of talent but few proven options behind Swift, and Kentucky’s best hope for a sub-par showing from the Bulldogs' offense might be for wear and tear to play a factor in the Georgia backfield by November. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Here's how Kentucky can win the toughest game on its schedule: Georgia," 10 July 2018 In the backfield, in the slot, out wide, slipping through the line of scrimmage, snagging passes 20 yards down the field. Zak Keefer, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Colts rookies Nyheim Hines, Deon Cain could be the real deal," 14 June 2018 During a media teleconference, McShay compared him to former Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey, who last season had 80 catches out of the backfield for the Carolina Panthers. Doug Haller, azcentral, "ASU NFL draft preview: The intriguing case of RB Kalen Ballage," 23 Apr. 2018 The Giants will select Barkley to give them a dynamic playmaker in the backfield for the first time since Tiki Barber. Sam Farmer,, "Mock draft: NFL beat writers make picks for the teams they cover," 23 Apr. 2018 One highlight from the front-seven: Junior linebacker Troy Dye stuffed younger brother Travis Dye, a freshman running back, in the backfield for a family TFL. Tyson Alger,, "Oregon Ducks revel in opportunity to play in Portland: Spring practice recap," 7 Apr. 2018 Mike Davis rounds out a backfield in which all three have at least 400 rushing yards. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Oh, So Now the Seahawks Want to Run the Ball," 14 Dec. 2018 Ralph Webb, Vanderbilt’s all-time leading rusher, is gone, but Vanderbilt adds Illinois transfer Ke’Shawn Vaughn to the backfield, so Kentucky's front seven cannot afford to rest on its laurels here. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "How Kentucky football can win (or lose) against Vanderbilt," 8 July 2018 London joins a Tennessee backfield that lost leading rusher John Kelly to the NFL after 2017. Creg Stephenson,, "Tennessee lands graduate transfer RB Madre London from Michigan State," 12 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of backfield

1897, in the meaning defined above

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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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