forward pass


Definition of forward pass

: a pass (as in football) made in the direction of the opponent's goal

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Recent Examples on the Web Their algorithm, instead of relying on a matrix of weights recorded from the forward pass, used a matrix initialized with random values for the backward pass. Quanta Magazine, "Artificial Neural Nets Finally Yield Clues to How Brains Learn," 18 Feb. 2021 Heisman is considered one of football’s greatest innovators and the father of the forward pass. Robert Higgs, cleveland, "Cleveland officially corrects 42-year-old mistake about where football legend John Heisman was born," 3 Dec. 2020 Just as Babe Ruth changed baseball, the forward pass changed football and the curved stick changed hockey, Maradona changed the world’s game. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, "Soccer newsletter: Remembering Diego Maradona," 1 Dec. 2020 In addition to the run taking center stage this season, the forward pass was swept away by the wind the past two games at FirstEnergy Stadium, and Baker Mayfield completed only 12 attempts in each game. cleveland, "Jarvis Landry’s 600th catch a cherished milestone in season where receivers haven’t had much chance to shine," 19 Nov. 2020 This prevented Carson from being the first person to touch a forward pass, before Wilson made the leaping interception off Wilson in the fourth quarter. Andrew Krammer, Star Tribune, "Dalvin Cook suffers groin injury; he'll have MRI on Monday," 12 Oct. 2020 Cumberland's favorite play was the punt, which (at the time) was a viable offensive option in the field-position battle during the infancy of the legal forward pass. Jim Reineking, USA TODAY, "Georgia Tech defeated Cumberland College 222-0 on this day in 1916," 7 Oct. 2020 The play was not reviewed as a possible forward pass by SEC officials. Chuck Carlton, Dallas News, "Texas A&M quick hits: Aggies survive first half blunders as Aggies begin season with close win over Vanderbilt," 27 Sep. 2020 The confidence and energy from the first half disappeared as the inability to complete a forward pass grew more and more evident and Navy stacked the box to stop the run. G Smith,, "Three-and-Out: Is a quarterback change on the horizon after Wave's collapse?," 19 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of forward pass

1890, in the meaning defined above

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28 Feb 2021

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“Forward pass.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of forward pass

American football : a pass made in the direction of the opponent's goal

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