shovel pass

noun

Definition of shovel pass

: a short underhand pass (as in football)

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Recent Examples on the Web Three plays later, Hill took a Drew Brees shovel pass in for a score. Jim Reineking, USA TODAY, "Taysom Hill has blocked punt, two touchdowns in Saints' game vs. Falcons on Thanksgiving," 29 Nov. 2019 The Wildcats chipped away at the lead in the fourth quarter, first with Andrew Starkel’s 22-yard field goal and then on Wyatt Smith’s 10-yard TD shovel pass to Artie Johnson with 9:07 to go. oregonlive, "Linfield outlasts Whitworth in overtime to clinch Northwest Conference title: Oregon small colleges football roundup," 10 Nov. 2019 While the first quarter consisted of mostly shovel passes and short passes for Jones — as well as a touchdown to Henry Ruggs on a throw that wasn’t actually intended for Ruggs — Jones had some nice throws during the second and third quarters. Matt Zenitz | Mzenitz@al.com, al, "Alabama likely feeling better about backup QB situation," 27 Oct. 2019 On third-and-5 at the 49ers’ 18-yard line, Keenum’s shovel pass to wide receiver Cam Sims was stopped by defensive end Nick Bosa for a three-yard loss. Eric Branch, SFChronicle.com, "49ers overcome elements, Washington for 9-0 win," 20 Oct. 2019 Needing the two-point conversion to tie, a shovel pass was stopped short of the goal line by the Western defense. David Furones, sun-sentinel.com, "Late-arriving Western stuns Miami Palmetto in 8A regional semifinal behind freshman QB Hurst," 14 Nov. 2019 Mahomes capped Kanas City’s first drive with a 3-yard shovel pass to Travis Kelce. oregonlive, "Tennessee Titans rally past Kansas City, spoils return of Patrick Mahomes: Recap, score, stats and more," 10 Nov. 2019 More than a month later, Kitchens called a shovel pass New England intercepted on its way to a 27-13 win. Teresa M. Walker, chicagotribune.com, "Calling plays in NFL a challenge for some rookie NFL coaches," 6 Nov. 2019 The two fumbles were part of a three-snap, three-turnover sequence that included an interception on a shovel pass by Baker Mayfield. Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland, "Odell Beckham: Broncos will be ‘in trouble’ after Nick Chubb’s 2 fumbles; RB never wants to ‘feel like that again’," 1 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of shovel pass

1940, in the meaning defined above

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“Shovel pass.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shovel%20pass. Accessed 8 December 2019.

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shovel pass

noun

English Language Learners Definition of shovel pass

American football : a short pass made by throwing the ball underhand or with a sidearm motion

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