back field

backfield

[bak-feeld]
noun Football.
1.
(used with a plural verb) the members of the team who, on offense, are stationed behind the linemen and, on defense, behind the linebackers.
2.
their positions considered as a unit.
3.
the area where the backs play.

Origin:
1910–15, Americanism; back1 + field

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

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