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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Brendan Tighe Lowell As a junior, Tighe made 58 receptions for 1,260 yards and 13 touchdowns, adding 486 rushing yards and six scores as a rusher. Craig Larson,, "2019 EMass football: Players to watch," 4 Sep. 2019 The third-down pass rush package of Josh Uche, Mike Danna, Kwity Paye and Aidan Hutchinson allowed Michigan's best pass-rushers to be on the field at the same time and could pay dividends this season. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football's new offense shines, despite sloppiness, in 40-21 win over MTSU," 31 Aug. 2019 The Ravens will likely take five outside linebackers into Week 1, and with the addition of rookie Jaylon Ferguson and the emergence of Pernell McPhee, Tyus Bowser and Tim Williams, there was no space in the team’s edge-rusher picture. Jonas Shaffer,, "Willie Henry Jr., Shane Ray, Michael Floyd among departures as Ravens’ roster cut-down begins," 30 Aug. 2019 The back-breaker came in the third quarter when edge-rusher Carter charged hard on a Royals’ punt. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, "Surprise! RaJa Nelson quarterbacks Lakeville North past Woodbury," 29 Aug. 2019 Meanwhile, another significant starter, Pro Bowl pass-rusher Dee Ford, practiced for the time since July 30. Eric Branch,, "49ers’ Weston Richburg, Dee Ford return; rookie corner on IR," 26 Aug. 2019 Donald and edge-rusher Dante Fowler were among those pressuring the quarterbacks. Gary Kleinstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Sean McVay doesn’t like what he sees from Rams offense in practice with Chargers," 3 Aug. 2019 Sometimes pass rushers like Charles Harris and Nate Orchard enter the equation, retreating from the line of scrimmage and dropping back into coverage. Omar Kelly,, "Dolphins working to make their linebackers interchangeable," 26 July 2019 The Panthers also drafted prolific, speedy pass-rusher Brian Burns at No. Jourdan Rodrigue, charlotteobserver, "Addition of McCoy makes Panthers a true contender, arriving at the perfect time," 3 June 2019

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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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