flank·​er | \ ˈflaŋ-kər How to pronounce flanker (audio) \

Definition of flanker

: a football player stationed wide of the formation slightly behind the line of scrimmage as a pass receiver

called also flanker back

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Ducks starting flanker Brenden Schooler is out six to eight weeks suffering a foot injury that required surgery. oregonlive.com, "Oregon Ducks starting flanker Brenden Schooler suffers foot injury, out 6-8 weeks," 6 Aug. 2019 The most obvious is redshirt junior Eli Stove, who similarly excelled in that flanker role in 2017 before sustaining an ACL tear last March and being limited to just four games last season. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, "What’s Auburn’s plan at flanker with Anthony Schwartz sidelined?," 6 Aug. 2019 Alex Caputo, a senior flanker and the Patriot League MVP, was an integral part of dominating the ball for the Wildcats (8-0). Nate Weitzer, BostonGlobe.com, "A perfect finish for Milton boys’ rugby: back-to-back D2 champs," 22 June 2019 Auburn will have drastic changes to its offense, namely at quarterback, where either redshirt-freshman Joey Gatewood or true freshman Bo Nix, will be making their first career start, and there will be a new starting H-back and flanker as well. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive.com, "Gus Malzahn sees similarities between Oregon defense, those Auburn faces in SEC," 17 June 2019 The third row of the scrum consists of two more agile flankers, and the No. Tod Leonard, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Art of the scrum: Legion players explain rugby’s mysterious melee," 7 June 2019 After all, Carolina just traded with Philadelphia for veteran flanker Torrey Smith last week. Jourdan Rodrigue, charlotteobserver, "Jarius Wright has experience with Norv Turner. That’s not all he’ll bring to Panthers. | Charlotte Observer," 19 Mar. 2018 The selection should particularly excel in the slot – but importantly, also have the ability to play flanker and be crisp on routes and in separating early. Jourdan Rodrigue, charlotteobserver, "Hectic free agency week? It just sets up draft for Carolina Panthers. Here’s how. | Charlotte Observer," 16 Mar. 2018 MacGinty scooped the ball then tossed a pass to Austin Elite flanker Hanco Germishuy who coasted for an easy sliding try to take the 30-24 lead. Glynn A. Hill, Houston Chronicle, "USA hangs on to defeat Scotland in rugby thriller," 17 June 2018

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First Known Use of flanker

1940, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of flanker

American football : a player on the offensive team whose position is toward the side and behind the line of scrimmage

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