backfield backfield  /ˈbæk ˌfild/


  • (n) the offensive football players who line up behind the linemen


  1. Even before the first whistle blew this season, sportswriters knew which four men belonged in anybody's All-America backfield.
  2. The only trouble with a backfield made up of the nation's four most touted backfield starsLujack, Conerly, Walker and Chappuisis that there isn't a fullback among them.
  3. Most conspicuous features of his system are a hop-shifting backfield; deft, sidewise blocking in the line; the box forma tion of the backfield; the seven-man line on defense.


  1. Links: Sapp -- Strahan was no Simeon Rice

    Atlanta Falcons New running back Steven Jackson says what he will be doing in Atlanta isn't much different from what he did with the Rams for the past few seasons, writes Daniel Cox of the team's website. Said Jackson: "I think (offensive coordinator) coach (Dirk) Koetter’s going to allow me to still be a downhill runner, allow me to catch the ball out of the backfield and, most importantly ...
    on June 20, 2013     Source: ESPN Blogs

  2. Riley Bullough will be a tailback for Michigan State

    In the spring, it was merely a whim. Now, with plenty of uncertainty in the backfield and depth at linebacker, Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said Bullough will start camp at tailback before being evaluated after two weeks.
    on June 20, 2013     Source: Detroit News

  3. Beasley's absence forces US lineup changes

    SANDY, Utah (AP) -- U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann has made a few key changes in the midfield and backfield for Tuesday night's World Cup qualifier against Honduras in Utah.
    on June 19, 2013     Source: The Associated Press via Yahoo! Sports


  1. "It was a big, big win for us," Cutler said. "To be down 13 and have an empty backfield and to come back like this, it means a lot."
    on Nov 6, 2008 By: Jay Cutler Source: ABC News

  2. Leonard continued, saying he shares some traits with Hall of Famer John Riggins: "I'm my own person but do share some of the same similarities as Riggins. He was a hard runner and had good hands out of the backfield. That's what I feel like I do,...
    on Jul 7, 2010 By: Brian Leonard Source: Pro Football Weekly

  3. "He's a matchup problem, obviously," Greenway said. "He's a guy that can run good routes, but yet you can put him in a situation out of the backfield and he can run the ball, too. He runs draws well, screens well. He'll be a challenge, no...
    on Jan 23, 2010 By: Chad Greenway Source: Washington Post

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