rush·​er | \ ˈrə-shər How to pronounce rusher (audio) \

Definition of rusher

: one that rushes especially : ballcarrier

Examples of rusher in a Sentence

He was the team's leading rusher last year.
Recent Examples on the Web Of the four, only Brown, who retired in 1966 as the N.F.L.’s leading rusher for a career in Hollywood, remains alive. New York Times, "Regina King: Speaking Truth to Power Through Her Art," 15 Jan. 2021 Despite also missing the first five games of the season, Stevenson dominated as the Sooners’ top rusher. Destine Gibson, Dallas News, "NFL draft status update: Where Oklahoma prospects like Creed Humphrey, Ronnie Perkins are being projected," 13 Jan. 2021 Felton did not play because of an unspecified injury, ending his season as the fourth-leading rusher in the Pac-12 Conference with 111.3 yards per game and five touchdowns. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, "UCLA’s Demetric Felton Jr. is headed to the NFL, just like he always said he would," 20 Dec. 2020 On a second quarter play from down inside the Texans’ 10-yard line, Mack saw an opportunity as an inside rusher to dominate a one-on-one battle against Texans right guard Zach Fulton. Dan Wiederer,, "Column: Do your eyes trust what they see? Translating the Chicago Bears’ most convincing win all season is complicated.," 13 Dec. 2020 But as a situational pass-rusher paired with 2019 first-round draft choice Nick Bosa, Ford helped San Francisco lead the NFL in passing defense and win the NFC championship. Mark Inabinett |, al, "Time running out for Dee Ford to return to 49ers’ lineup," 7 Dec. 2020 After rushing for 273 yards and four touchdowns in a 43-27 victory over Cretin-Derham Hall — his third four-touchdown game of the season — Karlson emerged as the leading rusher in the metro. Star Tribune, "Prep athletes of the week: Totino-Grace's Hunter Karlson rushes to unofficial title," 16 Nov. 2020 Moses is a violent hitter who has the athletic traits to succeed both both in pass coverage and as a rusher in the NFL. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Alabama vs. Ohio State loaded with NFL draft prospects; Detroit Lions should watch these 6," 11 Jan. 2021 Mond’s 93 total touchdowns through the air or as a rusher tied Johnny Manziel (2012-13) for the A&M school record. Brent Zwerneman,, "Texas A&M QB Kellen Mond opts for NFL draft," 7 Jan. 2021

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1618, in the meaning defined above

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23 Feb 2021

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“Rusher.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of rusher

: someone or something that rushes especially, American football : a player who carries the ball during running plays

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