backfield

[ bak-feeld ]
/ ˈbækˌfild /

noun Football.

(used with a plural verb) the members of the team who, on offense, are stationed behind the linemen and, on defense, behind the linebackers.
their positions considered as a unit.
the area where the backs play.

Origin of backfield

An Americanism dating back to 1910–15; back1 + field
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backfield

/ (ˈbækˌfiːld) /

noun American football

the backfield (sometimes functioning as plural) the quarterback and running backs in a team
the area behind the line of scrimmage from which the backfield begin each play
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