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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Many came in blocking roles as Detroit rushed for 248 yards, including lining up as a fullback in the team’s diamond formation. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "Golden Tate, Luke Willson and DeShawn Shead give a heavy Seahawks feel to the Detroit Lions," 25 Oct. 2018 The Cowboys have had added no one while losing cornerback Orlando Scandrick (Washington Redskins), linebacker Anthony Hitchens (Kansas City Chiefs), fullback Keith Smith (Oakland Raiders) and linebacker Kyle Wilber (Oakland Raiders). Clarence E. Hill Jr., star-telegram, "Cowboys the only team in NFL with no free agent signings; now have five visits set | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 19 Mar. 2018 On his first snap after the pick-six by Hughes, Garoppolo found fullback Kyle Juszczyk wide open along the right sideline for a 56-yard gain that put the 49ers in range for the second of Robbie Gould’s three field goals. Fox News, "Jimmy Garoppolo takes loss, as 49ers fall to Vikings 24-16," 10 Sep. 2018 Seattle might look for other fullback options in 2019. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "Analysis: Which Seahawks free agents might stay and which might go as Seattle enters the offseason?," 6 Jan. 2019 With the graduation of Khalid Hill and Henry Poggi, the fullback spot is Mason's to lose. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football: FB Ben Mason ready to play LB too if needed," 11 June 2018 Center half Oscar Murillo and fullback Johan Mojica also failed to impress. Juan Zamorano, chicagotribune.com, "Colombia to make changes after loss to Japan," 20 June 2018 Bayern reportedly agreed the deal with Stuttgart before the World Cup, where the 22-year-old, who has been playing fullback for France, scored a spectacular goal in the victory over Argentina. Afp, chicagotribune.com, "Reports: Bayern secure French defender Pavard for 2019," 5 July 2018 How many teams actually employ a full-time fullback these days? Stephen Holder, Indianapolis Star, "Coach Tom Rathman challenging Colts running backs to get tougher," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of fullback

1875, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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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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