spread formation


Definition of spread formation

: an offensive football formation in which the pass receivers are spread out across the field

Examples of spread formation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Alabama faced a third-and-goal in the second quarter from the Mississippi State 1-yard line, initially lining up in a spread formation with an empty backfield. Mike Rodak | Mrodak@al.com, al, 17 Oct. 2021 Leesburg brought in former Umatilla head coach and Seabreeze assistant Ryan Mills to run the offense, which features a new-look spread formation for junior quarterback Trini Thomas. J.c. Carnahan, orlandosentinel.com, 17 Aug. 2021 With Baker leading only 14-0, the Hornets lined up in a spread formation. Arthur L. Mack, al, 31 Oct. 2020 At Fordham, Moorhead had developed an innovative scheme that married West Coast passing concepts with spread formations and run-pass option schemes so prevalent in college football. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, 18 Oct. 2019 In McCarthy’s system, the Packers often aligned in static spread formations and ran isolation routes. Andy Benoit, SI.com, 4 Sep. 2019 Moments later, the Spartans reorganized into a spread formation before Lewerke threw a quick flare that sailed past the intended receiver for an incomplete pass. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, 16 Nov. 2019 Long expected the Aztecs to take three or four games to get comfortable in the new spread formation. San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Oct. 2019 These days even casual fans can recognize a spread formation or a Cover 2 defense. SI.com, 28 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of spread formation

1909, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of spread formation was in 1909

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24 Oct 2021

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“Spread formation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spread%20formation. Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

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