running back


Definition of running back

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

Examples of running back in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Patriots' defense was going up against an offense without their best player (running back Derrick Henry) and top two receivers (A.J. Brown and Julio Jones). Mark Daniels, USA TODAY, 28 Nov. 2021 Without their star quarterback (Dillon Gabriel), top running back (Isaiah Bowser) and elite defensive tackle (Kalia Davis) among other key injuries, how would the Knights respond? Jason Beede,, 27 Nov. 2021 The game was tied at 21 when SFA defensive lineman Rayshad Nichols stripped the ball from UIW running back Kevin Brown, returning the fumble recovery 32 yards for the score with 5:16 in the fourth quarter. David Dekunder, San Antonio Express-News, 27 Nov. 2021 The Trojans want to build consistency to keep the Cougars at bay, even more so running back Tyler Allgeier, who has rushed more than 1,300 yards in 11 games this season. Los Angeles Times, 26 Nov. 2021 Mater Dei is led by quarterback Mason Wunderlich (2,470 passing yards, 28 TDs), running back Joey Pierre (1,222 yards, 10 TDs) and receiver Eli McDurmon (62 catches, 1,037 yards, 12 TDs). Kyle Neddenriep, The Indianapolis Star, 26 Nov. 2021 With 6:39 remaining in the game, Perry, also usually a running back, threw a touchdown pass to Juneil Powell, increasing Rockville’s lead to 20-7, after Perry’s run for a conversion was successful. Steve Smith,, 25 Nov. 2021 Senior running back and linebacker Nate Caldwell missed the game after re-injuring a shoulder that limited him to just six games all season. Steve Bittenbender, The Courier-Journal, 21 Nov. 2021 The Cleveland Browns are looking to get back in the win column as their star running back returns from the COVID-19 list against the Lions on Sunday. Ashley Bastock, cleveland, 21 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of running back

1891, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of running back was in 1891

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30 Nov 2021

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“Running back.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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: a player who carries the football on running plays


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