running back


Definition of running back

: a football back (such as a halfback or fullback) who carries the ball on running plays

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Harris had a missed tackle on a 22-yard run from Gamecocks running back Rico Dowdle. Matt Zenitz |, al, "Alabama hasn’t made decision on starter at weak-side LB," 17 Sep. 2019 The Chargers strong safety broke his right forearm while trying to tackle Detroit running back Kerryon Johnson during the fourth quarter of LA’s 13-10 loss Sunday., "Frank Reich reaffirms Colts' commitment to Adam Vinatieri," 17 Sep. 2019 With offensive superstars like running back Alvin Kamara and wide receiver Michael Thomas, look for head coach Sean Payton to continue to force-feed his top playmakers the football. Bill Enright,, "Week 3 Fantasy Football Injury Report," 17 Sep. 2019 Senior running back Diante White ran 23 times for 192 yards and two TDs. Matt Goul,, "Riverside meets Lima halfway in classy move: HS football quick hits," 16 Sep. 2019 But the problem with that is top running back James Conner is dealing with a knee injury, and his status remains unclear. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Steelers' Mike Tomlin faces ultimate test after Ben Roethlisberger's injury," 16 Sep. 2019 Starting running back David Neira was forced to sit with an injury. Rich Mayor,, "Football notebook: Corties Draper brings championship mindset to Elmwood Park," 16 Sep. 2019 Senior quarterback Phoenix Billings accounted for four touchdowns, and senior running back Colin McCabe rushed for 328 yards and two scores in the win. Shawn Mcfarland,, "High school football: Hand stays on top, Sheehan rises and Rockville, Maloney enter area rankings," 16 Sep. 2019 The Badgers also have All-American running back Jonathan Taylor, giving Wisconsin a quality 1-2 punch in front of one of the more rowdy atmosphere's in the Big Ten. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football opens Big Ten play at Wisconsin: Here's what we're watching," 16 Sep. 2019

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1891, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of running back

American football : a player who carries the football on running plays

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