full·​back | \ ˈfu̇l-ˌbak How to pronounce fullback (audio) \

Definition of fullback

1 : an offensive football back used primarily for line plunges and blocking
2 : a primarily defensive player usually stationed nearest the defended goal (as in soccer or field hockey)

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Recent Examples on the Web With him unavailable, the Broncos turned to tight end Andrew Beck to play fullback in certain situations. Ryan O’halloran, The Denver Post, "Broncos QB Brandon Allen says interception late in first half is “on me”," 17 Nov. 2019 Kelly, a Hall of Fame fullback, was Jim Brown’s successor in the backfield. Cameron Fields, cleveland, "This Browns fan lives in Syracuse, but still revels in memories of Marion Motley and Leroy Kelly," 8 Nov. 2019 After both teams punted to start the third quarter, Navy fullback Nelson Smith barreled 77 yards inside the UConn 5-yard line, leading to a touchdown dive by Perry. Alex Putterman, courant.com, "UConn dominated in second half, Navy rolls to 56-10 victory," 1 Nov. 2019 Bates also played fullback in goal-line situations. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Auburn NFL roundup: Dee Ford delivers strip sack in first game for 49ers," 9 Sep. 2019 The backfield will undergo a new look with the departures of fullbacks Darnell Woolfolk and Andy Davidson. Matt Murschel, orlandosentinel.com, "2019 College Football Rankings: No. 26 Army pushes to build on recent success," 30 July 2019 Among the group is Chris Ezeala, who played fullback and punter in the German Football League, and former rugby player Christian Scotland-Williamson. Jacob Feldman, SI.com, "Rejuvenated Roethlisberger Ready to Play "Three to Five More Years"," 2 May 2018 Stokke, who moved to fullback from linebacker before last season, credits Alec Ingold for helping him make a smooth transition. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "UW fullback Mason Stokke was a difference-maker against Iowa and could be again Saturday," 12 Nov. 2019 The Raiders responded with their first sustained drive of the game and took a 17-14 lead at the half on Carr’s 9-yard pass to rookie fullback Alec Ingold with 20 seconds remaining in the second quarter. BostonGlobe.com, "OAKLAND, Calif. — Derek Carr engineered another late winning drive. Karl Joseph delivered the sealing defensive play.," 8 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of fullback

1875, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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5 Dec 2019

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“Fullback.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fullback. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of fullback

American football : a player on offense who lines up behind the line of scrimmage and who runs with the ball and blocks
: a defensive player in games like soccer and field hockey who is usually positioned near the goal


full·​back | \ ˈfu̇l-ˌbak How to pronounce fullback (audio) \

Kids Definition of fullback

1 : a football player who runs with the ball and blocks
2 : a player in games like soccer and field hockey who is usually positioned near the goal

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