punt formation


Definition of punt formation

: an offensive football formation in which a back making a punt stands approximately 10 yards behind the line and the other backs are in blocking position close to the line

Examples of punt formation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This time, Westlake was in punt formation and the snap went over the punter’s head. Ryan Isley, cleveland, "Wadsworth builds upon fast start for 48-21 victory over Westlake in D-II, Region 6 first-round game," 10 Oct. 2020 Then, facing fourth-and-5 from the Terrebonne 44, receiver Corey Lorio, an up-back in punt formation, took a direct snap, broke through the line and raced for the touchdown and a 40-28 lead with 6:54 left in the game. Darrell Williams, NOLA.com, "Trey LeBranch rushes for five scores as Hahnville tops Terrebonne 47-40," 7 Oct. 2020 Hodges took the snap in punt formation, stepped forward and, as Browns blockers staved off the Saints defense, suddenly raced through a gaping hole downfield. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Ex-Cleveland Browns punter Reggie Hodges turns to writing, motivating others," 2 June 2020 With the Scouts trailing 25-7 midway through the third quarter, Lake Forest went into punt formation. Steve Sadin, chicagotribune.com, "Lake Forest punter Kai Kroeger does a little bit of everything for the Scouts," 21 Sep. 2019 Three plays later, Pearland was in punt formation facing fourth-and-21. Houston Chronicle, "Football: Pearland rallies to defeat Alief Taylor, 48-32," 27 Sep. 2019 Intended receiver Tre’Quan Smith was mugged on the play, but there is no pass interference on plays when the offense lines up in a punt formation. Brad Biggs, chicagotribune.com, "NFL power rankings for Week 15: Ravens and 49ers take top 2 spots, while the Bears inch up to No. 14," 10 Dec. 2019 And three weeks ago, Chrisman was at the center of another clever ruse, completing a pass from a punt formation that jolted Ohio State from an early funk and two-touchdown deficit in the Big Ten championship game. New York Times, "Can They Kick It? Yes They Can. Ohio State and Clemson Just Don’t.," 27 Dec. 2019 Wenonah had 1:52 to go in the half and the opening possession of the third quarter and ran 12 offensive plays with seven penalties, then gave up a touchdown out of punt formation. al, "Bessemer City stymies Wenonah, stays undefeated," 27 Sep. 2019

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1920, in the meaning defined above

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“Punt formation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/punt%20formation. Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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