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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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 Participating in team drills for the first time during OTAs, running back Joe Mixon picked up a few reps along with backfield mate Giovani Bernard. Fletcher Page,, "Cincinnati Bengals' OTAs: New players impress, plays of the day and Joe Mixon gets reps," 4 June 2019 The 6-3, 224-pound linebacker even caught a short pass out of the backfield from Eason. Mike Vorel, The Seattle Times, "Observations from the UW Huskies’ sixth practice of spring football," 12 Apr. 2019 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

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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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