ballcarrier

noun
ball·​car·​ri·​er | \ ˈbȯl-ˌker-ē-ər How to pronounce ballcarrier (audio) , -ˌka-rē-\

Definition of ballcarrier

: a football player who carries the ball on offense

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The Indiana native has completed 24 of 41 passes for 304 yards with a touchdown and an interception — mostly in mop-up duty — but has lent his athleticism as a receiver and ballcarrier with 14 catches for 62 yards and 76 carries for 506 yards. Travis Johnson, The Seattle Times, "Penn State QB competition on hold as Stevens gets healthy," 13 Apr. 2019 Yet for all that sophomore Najee Harris offers as a ballcarrier, the Crimson Tide probably would benefit from giving Harris more touches. Chris Johnson And Eric Single, SI.com, "Top 100 College Football Players of 2018: Nos. 100–51," 18 June 2018 Henry is strictly a ballcarrier and needs the scheme and blocking to define his lanes. Andy Benoit, SI.com, "How the Julio Jones Holdout Must Play Out," 13 June 2018 Since so many of Seattle’s recent early round selections have been offensive linemen, finding a ballcarrier was the surest way to buttress the rushing attack. Andy Benoit, SI.com, "2018 NFL Draft Grades: Analysis of All 32 Teams," 28 Apr. 2018 Then came his senior season, when Scott became the primary ballcarrier ahead of Craft. Christopher Dabe, NOLA.com, "How Boston Scott, once considered too small for football, became a Saints' draft pick," 17 May 2018 Vea can destroy a zone-blocking scheme because the moment one of the blockers from the initial double team peels off to hit the linebacker, Vea will club the remaining blocker, shed him and attack the ballcarrier. Andy Staples, SI.com, "When an Unstoppable Force Meets an Immovable Object, You Get Vita Vea," 1 Mar. 2018 The Saints also have sixth-round drafted rookie Boston Scott out of Louisiana Tech and third-year running back Daniel Lasco as potential ballcarriers. Christopher Dabe, NOLA.com, "Saints without Mark Ingram will try to keep Alvin Kamara from getting overworked," 12 May 2018 After explaining the strike zone, Quinn talked about its epicenter: the ballcarrier’s near hip. Andy Benoit, SI.com, "The Importance of the Roll Tackle, as Explained—and Demonstrated—by Dan Quinn," 7 Mar. 2018

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1856, in the meaning defined above

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