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 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, "Inside Josh Gattis' humbling start at Michigan football: One coach feels his pain," 18 Oct. 2019 In McCarthy’s system, the Packers often aligned in static spread formations and ran isolation routes. Andy Benoit, SI.com, "An Early Glimpse Into the Rodgers-LaFleur Marriage in Green Bay," 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, "Michigan football's win over Michigan State proves the offseason mattered for both," 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, "5 Things to Watch: Aztecs at Colorado State," 4 Oct. 2019 These days even casual fans can recognize a spread formation or a Cover 2 defense. SI.com, "A History of Football in 100 Objects," 28 Aug. 2019 With the Bucs, Koetter often featured spread formations and deep QB drop-backs. Andy Benoit, SI.com, "Fantasy Football 2019: Impact of New NFL Coaches," 2 July 2019 Kraus said this year’s Cavaliers will be an aggressive, attacking-style defensive team and will look to garner total control of the ball on offense in a spread formation. Megan Woodward, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "2019 Football Preview: South Carroll holding on to ‘faith and trust’ in one another this fall," 5 Sep. 2019 For Lock, who worked primarily out of the shotgun and spread formations at Missouri, a lot of it felt like learning a new language. Sean Keeler, The Denver Post, "How the Broncos joined the NFL’s playbook revolution from back pockets to iPads," 31 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of spread formation

1909, in the meaning defined above

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“Spread formation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spread%20formation. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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