line·​back·​ing | \ ˈlīn-ˌba-kiŋ How to pronounce linebacking (audio) \

Definition of linebacking

: the action or art of playing linebacker

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In addition to scripting fall camp to place as much responsibility as possible on a deep-but-unproven linebacking corps, Kelly suggested steps would be taken to rebuild Jurkovec. Mike Berardino, Indianapolis Star, "Project Phil: Rebuilding Jurkovec's shaken confidence is among Notre Dame's August goals," 2 Aug. 2019 Just look at their unbelievably talented and youthful linebacking corps: NaVorro Bowman is 31, Patrick Willis is the elder statesman at 34, Aldon Smith is 29, Reuben Foster is 25, Chris Borland is 28. Scott Ostler,, "Colin Kaepernick ready and waiting ... and waiting ...," 27 July 2019 The defense: Drake Spears, the team’s leading tackler is back and leads the linebacking corps. Greg Levinsky, Detroit Free Press, "MAC media day: Western Michigan's Jon Wassink holds key to big season," 23 July 2019 The linebacking and secondary units are also a bit suspect — all of them to a greater degree than any group on offense (except quarterback). Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, "Pac-12 football look-ahead series: Strongest and weakest units in the North," 19 June 2019 The Butkus Award, awarded to high school, college and professional linebackers, recognizes qualities that defined Butkus’ career: toughness, on-field leadership, competitiveness, football character and linebacking skills. Chicago Tribune Staff,, "Khalil Mack receives Butkus Award — yes, they give them to pro players too — from Dick Butkus," 4 June 2019 Other linebacking options could include University of Cincinnati product Connor Barwin, Tennessee's Avery Williamson and Philadelphia’s Nigel Bradham. Jim Owczarski,, "Free-Agency Questions: Which big-name free agents are available for the Cincinnati Bengals?," 8 Mar. 2018 The onus is on this new-look defensive line to make a substantial jump, and to relieve the pressure on a shaky and unsettled linebacking core. Zak Keefer, Indianapolis Star, "Colts: In new scheme, Tarell Basham gets his chance to flourish," 10 June 2018 Rashaan Evans and Harold Landry could herald the passing of the torch in the linebacking corps. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "NFL draft grades 2018: Which teams had best, worst classes?," 28 Apr. 2018

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1953, in the meaning defined above

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