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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The tackles capable of stopping those rushers became the richest 300-pound men on the planet. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "The Modern NFL Is Moving Beyond the ‘Blind Side’ to a New Guard," 13 Dec. 2018 Most of the league’s top defenses have two elite edge rushers. Paul Domowitch,, "Eagles tackle Lane Johnson has found peace and respect on the right side," 30 May 2018 In Scott, the Saints have a rusher who sees himself as a between-the-tackles back who can also catch passes from out of the backfield. Christopher Dabe,, "Boston Scott, Saints draft pick, remembers facing Marcus Davenport in college," 14 May 2018 The Illini haven’t had a 1,000-yard rusher since Mikel Leshoure in 2010. Matt Murschel,, "Struggling Illinois No. 107 in 2018 preseason college football rankings," 12 May 2018 Having a dominant pass rusher in the corner of your eye, near your throwing shoulder… that’s great inspiration to throw the ball too soon or to break down in the pocket. Andy Benoit,, "The Mistake the Browns Are Making With Baker Mayfield," 11 May 2018 That’s hardly surprising because teams won’t let quality pass rushers walk out the door. Rich Campbell,, "Fill in the blank: Bears writers address four topics before NFL draft," 22 Apr. 2018 The club has to have pass rushers ready to start and produce in 2019 (even at defensive tackle to push Andrew Billings and perhaps Atkins), and those could be found in the high rounds, sandwiched around a tight end pick. Paul Dehner Jr.,, "Bengals Xtra: Personnel moves the Cincinnati Bengals should make in 2018," 2 Feb. 2018 With a need to add talent and depth to the outside linebackers group, general manager Ryan Pace waited until the penultimate round of the draft’s final day before scooping up an edge rusher. Dan Wiederer,, "Athletic Bears rookie Kylie Fitts must prove his durability," 8 May 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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