rush·er | \ ˈrə-shər \

Definition of rusher 

: one that rushes especially : ballcarrier

Examples of rusher in a Sentence

He was the team's leading rusher last year.

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During Kelly’s four seasons at Oregon, the Ducks averaged more than 284 yards per game rushing while producing a 1,000-yard rusher during each of those seasons. Matt Murschel,, "New coach Chip Kelly’s UCLA Bruins are No. 45 in 2018 preseason college football rankings," 13 July 2018 In Pete Golding’s system, Davenport often lined up in a two-point stance as a standup rusher. Carter Karels, San Antonio Express-News, "Anxious Davenport sets high expectations for himself," 25 Apr. 2018 Holland projects as an edge rusher, but more as a 3-4 outside linebacker than a down lineman in the NFL. James Crepea,, "Auburn's Jeff Holland aims to show speed, athleticism at NFL Combine," 3 Mar. 2018 Drake was the league's leading rusher over the season's last five weeks, going for 444 yards and averaging 4.9 yards per pop. Adam H. Beasley, miamiherald, "The Frank Gore signing is already paying dividends for Miami. Just ask Kenyan Drake.," 29 May 2018 Hubbard played well in space for the Buckeyes and was productive despite not being a natural pass-rusher, often serving as the player Ohio State turned to to shut down plays to perimeter of the field. Bill Landis,, "Sam Hubbard drafted by Cincinnati Bengals in the third round, No. 77 overall in 2018 NFL Draft," 28 Apr. 2018 The Saints take a huge gamble New Orleans traded up from 27 to 14 to select Texas-San Antonio defensive end Marcus Davenport, who had a good week at the Senior Bowl and was the best pass-rusher available after Chubb. Creg Stephenson,, " All-Access: Some thoughts on the 2018 NFL draft," 27 Apr. 2018 The Ravens are unlikely to target another edge rusher after selecting Bowser and Williams in the second and third rounds last year. Jeff Zrebiec,, "Ravens position-by-position draft preview: Linebacker," 24 Apr. 2018 But he’s generally considered as likely finding a home as an edge rusher/strongside linebacker. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "Seahawks pre-draft position review: Will this be the year Seattle finally takes another linebacker?," 24 Apr. 2018

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1618, in the meaning defined above

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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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