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

Definition of rusher

: one that rushes especially : ballcarrier

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He was the team's leading rusher last year.
Recent Examples on the Web Three plays later, Mahomes — the Chiefs' leading rusher during the playoffs — pivoted, faked a pitchout and dived into the end zone from the 1, capping a 15-play, 75-yard drive. Alex Johnson, NBC News, "2020 Super Bowl: Mahomes catches fire late, leads Chief to 31-20 comeback win," 3 Feb. 2020 Auburn hadn't had three 100-yard rushers in the same game since a 35-23 victory over Maryland on Nov. 5, 1983. Mark Inabinett |, al, "SEC Football by the Numbers: Auburn’s top 10 from the 2019 season," 11 Jan. 2020 Kansas City hasn’t had a 100-yard rusher since Week 9. Ryan Dodson, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Kansas City Chiefs at Chicago Bears odds, picks and best bets," 17 Dec. 2019 Reality check: The Tigers are the first team in SEC history with a 4,000-yard passer (Joe Burrow), a 100-yard rusher (Clyde Edwards-Helaire) and two 1,000-yard receivers (J’Marr Chase and Justin Jefferson). Ralph D. Russo,, "AP Top 25 Reality Check: Rivalry week with ranked matchups," 25 Nov. 2019 The Jets have allowed just one 100-yard rusher this season: Ezekiel Elliott, who needed 28 carries to gain 105 yards. Matt Kawahara,, "Raiders see danger in Jets safety Jamal Adams, who can ‘ruin a football game’," 23 Nov. 2019 Minnesota has allowed only one 100-yard rusher: Penn State’s Journey Brown. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "Gophers football vs. Northwestern: How to watch and who has the edge?," 21 Nov. 2019 The Colts had two 100-yard rushers and 264 yards rushing in their 20-point victory against the Jaguars. Scott Horner, Indianapolis Star, "NFL Week 12 picks: Why the Colts won't beat the Texans," 21 Nov. 2019 His replacement, Jonathan Williams, had 13 carries for 106 yards — the first time Indy had two 100-yard rushers in the same game since 1985., "The Minnesota Vikings erased a 20-0 halftime deficit with touchdowns on each of their four drives in the second half, fending off the Denver Broncos by forcing three straight incomplete passes in the end zone over the final 10 seconds to preserve a 27-23 victory on Sunday in Minneapolis.," 18 Nov. 2019

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1618, in the meaning defined above

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“Rusher.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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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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