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Wale - Running Back (feat. Lil Wayne) [OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO]
Published: 2017/02/06
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Wale - Running Back (feat. Lil Wayne) [OFFICIAL AUDIO]
Published: 2017/01/20
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Madden 18 Career Mode Ep 4 - RUNNING BACK MAKES IMPOSSIBLE CATCH!
Madden 18 Career Mode Ep 4 - RUNNING BACK MAKES IMPOSSIBLE CATCH!
Published: 2017/08/17
Channel: Daryus P
Bo Scarbrough || Scariest Running Back in College Football || Official 2016-17 Alabama Highlights
Bo Scarbrough || Scariest Running Back in College Football || Official 2016-17 Alabama Highlights
Published: 2017/03/30
Channel: Andrew LaManna
Running Back vs Linebackers The Opening Regionals - Los Angeles Top Plays 2016
Running Back vs Linebackers The Opening Regionals - Los Angeles Top Plays 2016
Published: 2016/02/29
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Wale - Running Back (feat.Lil Wayne) Lryics
Published: 2017/02/11
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Washington Running Back Football Drills
Published: 2016/07/02
Channel: Football Coaching
Sizing Up the Running Back Competition | New York Giants | MSG Networks
Sizing Up the Running Back Competition | New York Giants | MSG Networks
Published: 2017/08/17
Channel: MSG Networks
Top 3 Running Back Performances (2015) | NFL Now
Top 3 Running Back Performances (2015) | NFL Now
Published: 2015/12/31
Channel: NFL
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4'5", 95-Pound Running Back is Incredible
Published: 2015/09/04
Channel: The Fumble
The Next Tavon Austin (7 year old running back)
The Next Tavon Austin (7 year old running back)
Published: 2013/05/27
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LEONARD FOURNETTE||WALE X "RUNNING BACK"| ULTIMATE HIGHLIGHTS|HD|
LEONARD FOURNETTE||WALE X "RUNNING BACK"| ULTIMATE HIGHLIGHTS|HD|
Published: 2017/01/29
Channel: AP FILMS
Best Running Back in High School Football - Salvon Ahmed - Class of 2017
Best Running Back in High School Football - Salvon Ahmed - Class of 2017
Published: 2015/06/26
Channel: MontWork
Derrius Guice || Best Running Back in College Football || Official 2016-17 LSU Highlights
Derrius Guice || Best Running Back in College Football || Official 2016-17 LSU Highlights
Published: 2017/08/13
Channel: Andrew LaManna
Jessica Mauboy - Running Back ft. Flo Rida
Jessica Mauboy - Running Back ft. Flo Rida
Published: 2009/10/03
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Published: 2015/07/09
Channel: Smash Videos™
8 Best Running Back Qualities | Football Recruiting
8 Best Running Back Qualities | Football Recruiting
Published: 2014/09/02
Channel: Howcast
Creating The Tallest Fastest Running Back In The Game! | Madden 18 Career Ep.1
Creating The Tallest Fastest Running Back In The Game! | Madden 18 Career Ep.1
Published: 2017/08/18
Channel: Mor Money
Green Bay Packers running back drills
Green Bay Packers running back drills
Published: 2017/08/17
Channel: CBS Sports
Arizona State senior running back Kalen Ballage talks relationship with Pittsburgh Steelers Le
Arizona State senior running back Kalen Ballage talks relationship with Pittsburgh Steelers Le'Veon
Published: 2017/08/18
Channel: NFL World
2016 Fastest Running Back - Chico McClatcher- RB #5 (Highlight Tape)
2016 Fastest Running Back - Chico McClatcher- RB #5 (Highlight Tape)
Published: 2013/12/08
Channel: PMG TV
The 10 BIGGEST NFL Running Back Draft BUSTS EVER
The 10 BIGGEST NFL Running Back Draft BUSTS EVER
Published: 2017/04/29
Channel: TPS
Keith James - Running Back ft. Jeremih (Official Animated Music Video)
Keith James - Running Back ft. Jeremih (Official Animated Music Video)
Published: 2015/12/04
Channel: Keith James
Running Back Challenge Dance Compilation #runningbackchallenge #litdance #dancetrends
Running Back Challenge Dance Compilation #runningbackchallenge #litdance #dancetrends
Published: 2017/04/11
Channel: One Challenge
Running back Tiquan Gilmore can dance and play football
Running back Tiquan Gilmore can dance and play football
Published: 2017/08/16
Channel: Los Angeles Times
Ultimate Saquon Barkley Highlights "Most Electrifying Running Back In College Football" || HD
Ultimate Saquon Barkley Highlights "Most Electrifying Running Back In College Football" || HD
Published: 2017/07/06
Channel: Finesse Films
Ezekiel Elliott 2016 Rookie Season Highlights | Dallas Cowboys | NFL
Ezekiel Elliott 2016 Rookie Season Highlights | Dallas Cowboys | NFL
Published: 2017/01/12
Channel: NFL
Boomer and Carton: Paul Schwartz talks about Giants running back
Boomer and Carton: Paul Schwartz talks about Giants running back
Published: 2017/08/18
Channel: CBS Sports
How to make running back sharp cuts : Football Tips
How to make running back sharp cuts : Football Tips
Published: 2014/08/29
Channel: ProTips4U
The Next Great Alabama Running Back || Alabama RB Bo Scarbrough 2016 Highlights ᴴᴰ
The Next Great Alabama Running Back || Alabama RB Bo Scarbrough 2016 Highlights ᴴᴰ
Published: 2017/06/27
Channel: JustBombsProductions
Madden 17 Career Mode RB S5 Ep 82 - 5
Madden 17 Career Mode RB S5 Ep 82 - 5'5" RUNNING BACK BREAKING ANKLES
Published: 2016/12/22
Channel: Daryus P
Fantasy Draft Advice: Running Back
Fantasy Draft Advice: Running Back
Published: 2017/08/17
Channel: CBS Sports
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Published: 2017/08/18
Channel: Cleveland Browns
Running back and wide receiver drills from Thursday
Running back and wide receiver drills from Thursday's practice
Published: 2017/08/18
Channel: CBS Sports
The Juan Maclean - Running Back To You
The Juan Maclean - Running Back To You
Published: 2014/09/16
Channel: DFA Records
Madden NFL 18: All Running Back Overall Player Ratings
Madden NFL 18: All Running Back Overall Player Ratings
Published: 2017/08/17
Channel: Shacknews
RUN 2 DAYLIGHT RUNNING BACK DRILLS JONES BOYS
RUN 2 DAYLIGHT RUNNING BACK DRILLS JONES BOYS
Published: 2015/04/10
Channel: Ayinde Bomani
2017 BYU Running Back Jamaal Williams Documentary
2017 BYU Running Back Jamaal Williams Documentary
Published: 2017/04/19
Channel: Media Mangy
High School Referee Lays Massive Hit on Running Back
High School Referee Lays Massive Hit on Running Back
Published: 2015/12/09
Channel: The Fumble
GTA 5 Running Back Mode! "THE BEST PLAY EVER!!" (GTA 5 Funny Moments!)
GTA 5 Running Back Mode! "THE BEST PLAY EVER!!" (GTA 5 Funny Moments!)
Published: 2015/12/26
Channel: speedyw03
Ayo & Teo || Wale - Running Back ft Lil Wayne || @shmateo_ @ogleloo
Ayo & Teo || Wale - Running Back ft Lil Wayne || @shmateo_ @ogleloo
Published: 2017/04/10
Channel: DANCE RELOADED
NFL suspends Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott
NFL suspends Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott
Published: 2017/08/11
Channel: Fox Business
Ezekiel Elliott Not The No. 1 Running Back Yet | First Take | June 27, 2017
Ezekiel Elliott Not The No. 1 Running Back Yet | First Take | June 27, 2017
Published: 2017/06/27
Channel: ESPN
Pacific Dub - Running Back (New Song 2017)
Pacific Dub - Running Back (New Song 2017)
Published: 2017/02/07
Channel: High Stereo Love ♥ Best Reggae Music
Running Back To You - Vanessa Williams
Running Back To You - Vanessa Williams
Published: 2016/06/04
Channel: Willie Ellebie
MADDEN 18 CAREER MODE! KAY THE RUNNING BACK FOR THE NEW YORK GIANTS!
MADDEN 18 CAREER MODE! KAY THE RUNNING BACK FOR THE NEW YORK GIANTS!
Published: 2017/08/10
Channel: KayKayEs
Huskers may go with running-back-by-committee approach
Huskers may go with running-back-by-committee approach
Published: 2017/08/17
Channel: KETV NewsWatch 7
Lincoln running back Kenyon Sims makes his college choice
Lincoln running back Kenyon Sims makes his college choice
Published: 2017/08/02
Channel: Prep Pigskin Report
Top 3 Breakout Running Back Candidates | ACC Football
Top 3 Breakout Running Back Candidates | ACC Football
Published: 2017/07/25
Channel: ACC Digital Network
Running Back To You by Commissioned
Running Back To You by Commissioned
Published: 2015/01/28
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The running back playing halfback in a typical I formation.

A running back (RB) is an American and Canadian football position, a member of the offensive backfield. The primary roles of a running back are to receive handoffs from the quarterback for a rushing play, to catch passes from out of the backfield, and to block.[1] There are usually one or two running backs on the field for a given play, depending on the offensive formation. A running back may be a halfback (in certain contexts also referred to as a tailback) or a fullback. A running back will sometimes be called a "feature back" if he is the team's starting running back.

Halfback/tailback[edit]

A running back turns up the field in an attempt to reach the end zone.

The halfback (HB) or tailback (TB) position is responsible for carrying the ball on the majority of running plays, and may frequently be used as a receiver on short passing plays.

In the modern game, an effective halfback must have a blend of both quickness and agility as a runner, as well as sure hands and good vision up-field as a receiver. Quarterbacks depend on halfbacks as a safety valve receiver when primary targets downfield are covered or when they are under pressure. Occasionally, halfbacks line up as additional wide receivers.

When not serving either of these functions, the primary responsibility of a halfback is to aid the offensive linemen in blocking, either to protect the quarterback or another player carrying the football. If a team uses a Wildcat formation, often the halfback is the one who receives the snap directly instead of the quarterback. As a trick play, running backs are occasionally used to pass the ball on a halfback option play or halfback pass.

The difference between halfback and tailback is the position of the player in the team's offensive formation. In historical formations, the halfback lined up approximately halfway between the line of scrimmage and the fullback (similarly, quarterbacks lined up a quarter of the distance between the line of scrimmage and the fullback). Because the halfback is usually the team's main ball carrier (while the fullback is primarily a blocker), modern offensive formations have positioned the halfback behind the fullback (at the "tail end" of the formation), to take advantage of the fullback's blocking abilities. As a result, some systems or playbooks will call for a tailback as opposed to a halfback.

In Canadian football, the term tailback is often used interchangeably with running back, while the use of the term halfback is often exclusively reserved for the defensive halfback, which refers to the defensive back halfway between the linebackers and the cornerbacks.

Fullback[edit]

John Riggins

In most modern college and professional football schemes, fullbacks (FB) carry the ball infrequently, instead using their stronger physiques as primary "lead blockers." On most running plays, the fullback leads the halfback, attempting to block potential tacklers before they reach the ball carrier.

When fullbacks are called upon to carry the ball, the situation typically calls for gaining a short amount of yardage, as the fullback can use his bulkiness to avoid being tackled early. Fullbacks are sometimes receivers for passing plays, although most plays call for the fullback to block any defensive players that make it past the offensive line, a skill referred to as "blitz pickup". Fullbacks are technically running backs, but today the term "running back" is usually used in referring to the halfback or tailback. Although modern fullbacks are rarely used as ball carriers, in previous offensive schemes fullbacks would be the designated ball carriers.

In high school football, where player sizes vary greatly, fullbacks are still frequently used as ball carriers. In high school and college offenses, the triple option scheme uses the fullback as a primary ball carrier. The fullback plays a unique role by establishing an inside running threat on every play. College teams such as Georgia Tech and Air Force have employed the triple option scheme.

While in years past the fullback lined up on the field for almost every offensive play, teams often opt to replace the fullback with an additional wide receiver or a tight end in modern football. Fullbacks in the National Football League rarely carry or catch the ball since they are used almost exclusively as blockers. Fullbacks are also still used occasionally as rushers on plays when a short gain is needed for a first-down or touchdown. Pro Football Hall of Fame members Jim Brown, Marion Motley, Franco Harris, John Riggins, and Larry Csonka were fullbacks.

Characteristics of a running back[edit]

Height and weight[edit]

Darren Sproles, a "scat back"

There is a diversity in those who play at the running back position. At one extreme are smaller (5'4"–5'10"), shiftier players. These quick, agile, and elusive running backs are often called "scat backs" because their low center of gravity and maneuverability allow them to dodge tacklers. Running backs known for their elusiveness include Red Grange, Hugh McElhenny, Gale Sayers, and Barry Sanders.[2]

At the other extreme are "power backs:" bigger, stronger players who can break through tackles using brute strength and raw power. They are usually slower runners compared to other backs, and typically run straight ahead (or "North-and-South" in football terminology) rather than dodging to the outside edges of the playing field. Hall of Famers Earl Campbell, Bronko Nagurski, John Riggins, and Larry Csonka were considered power running backs.[3]

Receiving ability[edit]

Over the years, NFL running backs have been used as receivers out of the backfield. On passing plays, a running back will often run a "safe route," such as a hook or a flat route, that gives a quarterback a target when all other receivers are covered or when the quarterback feels pressured. Hall of Famer Lenny Moore was a halfback who played primarily as a pass receiver.[4]

Some teams have a specialist "third down back," who is skilled at catching passes or better at pass blocking and "picking up the blitz," and thus is often put in the game on third down and long. It can also be used to fool the defense by making them think it is being put into the game for a pass play, when the play is actually a run.

Blocking[edit]

Running backs are also required to help the offensive line in passing situations, and, in the case of the fullback, running plays. Running backs will often block blitzing linebackers or safeties on passing plays when the offensive line is occupied with the defensive linemen. On running plays, the fullback will often attempt to tear a hole in the offensive line for the running back to run through. Effective blocking backs are usually key components for a running back's success. On passing plays, a running back will stay back to help block and pick up the blitz.

Goal line backs[edit]

Many teams also have a running back designated as a "goal line back" or "short yardage specialist". This running back comes into the game in short yardage situations when the offense needs only a little bit of yardage to get a first down or a touchdown. They also come into the game when the offense nears the goal line. Normally when an offense gets inside the 5-yard line it sends in its goal line formation, which usually includes eight blockers, a quarterback, a running back, and a fullback. The closer it is to the goal line the more likely it is to use this formation. If a certain running back is used often near the goal line he may be called the "goal line back." Short yardage and goal line backs often are power backs who are not prone to fumbling. Their job is to get the first down or touchdown by muscling through or pushing a large mass of defenders to push their way to the designated area.

Kick and punt returners[edit]

Running backs are sometimes called upon to return punts and kickoffs, a role usually filled by wide receivers and defensive backs, such as cornerbacks, who are generally the fastest players on the team. A running back, Brian Mitchell, currently holds the NFL records for career kickoff return yards (14,014 yards) and career punt return yards (4,999 yards).

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/what-the-running-backs-do-in-a-football-game.html
  2. ^ "Top 10 most elusive runners in NFL history". NFL.com. National Football League. May 28, 2008. Retrieved October 14, 2016. 
  3. ^ Burke, Chris (March 5, 2013). "Top 25 Power Running Backs Of All Time". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved October 14, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Lenny Moore Bio". profootballhof.com. Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved October 14, 2016. 

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