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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Redshirt freshman linebacker Jackson Sirmon also flipped over for a few reps at a makeshift fullback spot. Mike Vorel, The Seattle Times, "Observations from the UW Huskies’ sixth practice of spring football," 12 Apr. 2019 Borussia Dortmund have been in the market for a fullback after Felix Passlack was loaned out to Norwich City earlier this summer. SI.com, "Borussia Dortmund Signs Achraf Hakimi From Real Madrid on 2-Year Loan," 11 July 2018 One obvious change is the re-addition of a fullback to the Lions offense. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions' Jim Bob Cooter expects improved offense, play calling," 29 May 2018 Coleman’s signing is notable because the Cardinals didn’t use a traditional fullback under former coach Bruce Arians. Kent Somers, azcentral, "Report: Arizona Cardinals to sign legally deaf fullback Derrick Coleman," 9 May 2018 During that time, the Cowboys also traded a 2018 fifth-round pick to the Oakland Raiders for fullback Jamize Olawale and a 2018 sixth-round pick and agreed to bring back backup guard/center Joe Looney. Clarence E. Hill Jr., star-telegram, "Cowboys quickly go from none to five to likely done in free agency | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 26 Mar. 2018 Derek Watt — a fullback for the Los Angeles Chargers — tied the knot over the weekend, and JJ shared a photo of the stunning bride and groom on his Instagram. Daniela Sternitzky-di Napoli, Houston Chronicle, "JJ Watt shares photo from brother Derek’s wedding on Instagram," 23 Feb. 2018 Heath Evans, a fullback, had a 2-yard carry in the Patriots' 17-14 loss to the Giants on Feb. 3, 2008. Mark Inabinett, AL.com, "Super Bowl LII: Brandon King could join Auburn's list of 2-time winners," 31 Jan. 2018 Harbaugh said Patrick Ricard will continue to be used at both fullback and defensive tackle. Jeff Zrebiec, baltimoresun.com, "Ravens notebook: Michael Crabtree fitting in well; 13 players not participating in OTAs," 24 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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