spread formation


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Wilburn credits his line for giving him time to pass and holes to run quarterback draws out of St Mark’s primarily spread formation, led by center Stice Neuhoff. Rick Kretzschmar, Dallas News, 28 Sep. 2022 Witten said injuries from the Prestonwood game have led his team to pass more from its spread formation. Rick Kretzschmar, Dallas News, 6 Oct. 2022 Example: When a tight end motioned to the widest spot in a spread formation, the shuffle put Packers No. 1 receiver Davante Adams on L.A. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Nov. 2021 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1909, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of spread formation was in 1909

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“Spread formation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spread%20formation. Accessed 8 Jun. 2023.

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