quarterback sneak


Definition of quarterback sneak 

: a usually quick run with the ball by a quarterback into the middle of the offensive line

Examples of quarterback sneak in a Sentence

He ran a quarterback sneak up the middle for a touchdown.

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The Steelers, however, have gone away from using the quarterback sneak in recent years to help Roethlisberger avoid the contact. USA TODAY, "Mike Tomlin not ready to endorse Todd Haley's return to Steelers," 16 Jan. 2018 One example popped up with Riveron a couple of weeks ago when a reporter asked how officials would view it when Tom Brady dove for a quarterback sneak. Larry Holder, NOLA.com, "Safety, skepticism come with NFL's crown of the helmet rule," 6 June 2018 Their eyes were all fixed on the rows of bikes and T-shirts as the quarterback sneaked in behind them. Brendan Marks, charlotteobserver, "Watch as Panthers' Cam Newton surprises Special Olympics athletes with shopping spree | Charlotte Observer," 24 Apr. 2018 Barrett converted a 4th-and-1 with a quarterback sneak to set up the touchdown. Tim Bielik, cleveland.com, "J.T. Barrett makes good throws, but has inconsistent afternoon: Ohio State observations from East-West Shrine Game," 21 Jan. 2018 How can a simple quarterback sneak be one of the iconic plays in the history of football? Mark Inabinett, AL.com, "Bart Starr's iconic touchdown won the Ice Bowl 50 years ago today," 31 Dec. 2017 Last Sunday, a quarterback sneak by Dak Prescott on a fourth-and-1 play was too close to call. Clarence E. Hill Jr., star-telegram, "No more paper measurements for NFL officials," 21 Dec. 2017 Great pitch Army’s John Trainor gained eight yards to the Navy 1-yard line on the play before the Black Knights took a 14-13 lead on a one-yard quarterback sneak by Ahmad Bradshaw with 5:10 left. Marc Narducci, Philly.com, "Quick takes on Army's 14-13 win over Navy," 9 Dec. 2017 With a chance to tie the game at the end of the first half, mass confusion broke out when Kizer audibled to a quarterback sneak from the 2-yard line that was stopped. cleveland.com, "Browns finish 0-16: A look back at defining moments from each game," 2 Jan. 2018

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1904, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of quarterback sneak

American football : a play in which the quarterback runs forward immediately after receiving the ball instead of handing it or throwing it to another player

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