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 The Buffalo Bills were lined up in a punt formation in the fourth quarter from their own 30-yard line, with personal protector Damar Hamlin moving back and forth before the snap. Jesse Newell, Kansas City Star, 23 Jan. 2024 Rogers, in punt formation for Acalanes, ran down a wild snap over his head in the end zone. Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times, 9 Dec. 2023 Campbell sprung a big surprise, too, calling for a direct snap that worked while in punt formation deep in his own territory early in the game, which kept alive a 14-play TD drive that sent the signal the Lions indeed came to play against the defending champs. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, 8 Sep. 2023 The rookie ran up under center from punt formation as Philadelphia tried to pull New York offside on fourth down, too. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, 21 Jan. 2023 Love’s 38-yard TD burst up the middle with 9:45 left in the final stanza came on the first play after a bad snap in punt formation by Escondido Charter resulted in a 9-yard loss and a first down for the hosts. Rick Hoff, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Sep. 2022 Wylie caught a break in the first quarter with Horn in punt formation from its own 34. Dallas News, 11 Nov. 2022 One of Davis’ tackles came with Green Bay in punt formation. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, 26 Dec. 2022 Moore also converted a fake punt with a 28-yard run last fall against the Los Angeles Rams, and Fox is 3-for-4 passing from the punt formation in his career. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, 4 Nov. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1920, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of punt formation was in 1920

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“Punt formation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/punt%20formation. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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