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 Carolina Panthers first-round pick (No. 13) in the 2008 NFL draft, Stewart finished his 10-year career in Carolina as the Panthers all-time leading rusher with 7,318 yards. Geoffrey C. Arnold,, "Ex-Duck Jonathan Stewart: 'I feel I'm as productive as if I'm 26, 25'," 29 May 2018 Carolina traded up in the fourth round Saturday to take Mississippi edge rusher Marquis Haynes, who set the Rebels’ sacks record held by ex-Panther and current MMA fighter Greg Hardy. Joseph Person, charlotteobserver, "Summing up the Carolina Panthers' 2018 draft class: In a word ... speed | Charlotte Observer," 28 Apr. 2018 Last year’s third-round pick, running back Kareem Hunt, became the NFL’s leading rusher. Blair Kerkhoff, kansascity, "Chiefs in the NFL Draft: second and third rounds have been good to Reid and Co. | The Kansas City Star," 26 Apr. 2018 On defense, Louisville is young, but the defensive line still features pass rushers for whom Indiana State doesn’t appear to have answers. Jake Lourim, The Courier-Journal, "How Louisville football can (and can't) beat Indiana State," 3 July 2018 Why the Bears should draft him: Their greatest need is an edge pass rusher, and Edmunds has the size, athleticism and arm length of a prototypical 3-4 outside linebacker. Rich Campbell,, "Bears Big Board: Analyzing 6 potential draft candidates for the No. 8 pick," 25 Apr. 2018 Despite their presence, pass rusher remains a need and the Saints have plenty of flexibility to target an impact player with eight draft picks. Herbie Teope,, "New Orleans Saints predraft depth chart: Defensive line," 19 Apr. 2018 Defensively, edge rusher Emmanuel Ogbah will have the spotlight on him as the team passed on Bradley Chubb to take corner Denzel Ward at No. Jim Owczarski, USA TODAY, "Browns training camp questions: Will Baker Mayfield make a play for starting QB role?," 5 July 2018 The Wildcats were encouraged by sophomore Josh Pascal’s smooth transition from linebacker to edge rusher during the spring and the emergence of nose guard Quinton Bohanna during the second half of last season. Edgar Thompson,, "Kentucky is pushing to move up in tough SEC, No. 69 in 2018 preseason college football rankings," 19 June 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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