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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Example sentences
But in the postseason, he's been staying in the backfield and has missed a few
  tackles that he usually makes.
One client's family was cheering from the backfield where trees provided the
  only shade.
The two players who begin play at the ends of the offensive line are eligible
  receivers, as are all players in the backfield.
It's not how good the line is without a good backfield.
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