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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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 Williams took a direct snap in punt formation and converted a fourth down play in the second quarter. José M. Romero, The Arizona Republic, 11 Oct. 2022 The other was charged to junior linebacker Demouy Kennedy in punt formation. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, 29 Sep. 2022 Los Angeles took a safety when returner Brandon Powell ran out of the end zone on punt formation after a three-and-out. Joe Reedy, ajc, 18 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1920, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
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 31 May. 2023.

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