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.

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During the three-day minicamp, running back Sony Michel, New England's leading rusher in 2018, was held out of practice by the Patriots. Mark Inabinett |,, "Damien Harris, Jarrett Stidham together again with New England Patriots," 7 June 2019 Clem Daniels, 83, former Oakland Raiders running back and AFL all-time leading rusher has died. Seattle Times Staff & News Services, The Seattle Times, "This week’s passages," 29 Mar. 2019 The Wildcats are coming off a 10-win season, but have to replace the program’s all-time leading rusher Justin Jackson, and quarterback Clayton Thorson is coming off a serious knee injury. Laken Litman, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Analyzing Notre Dame football's 2018 schedule, from least to most dangerous games," 21 June 2018 Here’s an update: Signed elsewhere LeGarrette Blount, RB: The Eagles’ leading rusher landed with the Detroit Lions on a one-year, $4.5-million contract. Zach Berman,, "Where did former Eagles sign? LeGarrette Blount lands in Detroit; Vinny Curry in Tampa Bay," 19 Mar. 2018 After all, White helped Allen blossom into the nation’s most dominant pass rusher last season. Gary B. Graves, The Seattle Times, "Kentucky needs to replace 7 starters off dominant defense," 12 Apr. 2019 Chubb is the best pass rusher in this draft and would form a dream pass rush tandem with Myles Garrett. 5. Drew Davison And Peter Dawson, star-telegram, "Mock Draft 3.0: Cowboys coin flip of Calvin Ridley vs. Leighton Vander Esch? | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 20 Apr. 2018 Without a dynamic pass-rusher on the roster, UW needs to find consistent improvement across the board. Mike Vorel, The Seattle Times, "Spring practice primer: Eight (or more) breakout candidates for the UW Huskies," 27 Mar. 2019 Everyone knew the 49ers were California gold-rushers and Colt .45s six-shooters. Frank Fitzpatrick,, "The 'contest' that won the 76ers their name | Frank's Place," 11 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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to take the place or position of

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