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Wale - Running Back (feat. Lil Wayne) [OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO]
Wale - Running Back (feat. Lil Wayne) [OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO]
Published: 2017/02/06
Channel: Wale
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Wale - Running Back (feat. Lil Wayne) [OFFICIAL AUDIO]
Published: 2017/01/20
Channel: Wale
The SHORTEST, FASTEST, STRONGEST Running Back You
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Published: 2017/11/30
Channel: Sharpe Life
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THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF RUNNING BACKS..
Published: 2017/09/20
Channel: Deestroying
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
Channel: utrhighlightvideos
fastest running back in the nation..
fastest running back in the nation..
Published: 2017/10/20
Channel: Dockery
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Bo Scarbrough || Scariest Running Back in College Football || Official 2016-17 Alabama Highlights
Published: 2017/03/30
Channel: LaManna Highlights
Washington Running Back Football Drills
Washington Running Back Football Drills
Published: 2016/07/02
Channel: Football Coaching
Shiftiest RB in College Football || Penn State RB Saquon Barkley 2016 Highlights ᴴᴰ
Shiftiest RB in College Football || Penn State RB Saquon Barkley 2016 Highlights ᴴᴰ
Published: 2017/05/07
Channel: JustBombsProductions
Wale - Running Back (feat.Lil Wayne) Lryics
Wale - Running Back (feat.Lil Wayne) Lryics
Published: 2017/02/11
Channel: JBLA
BEST HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYER OF ALL TIME
BEST HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYER OF ALL TIME
Published: 2013/12/08
Channel: TOP HIGHLIGHTS
Top 3 Running Back Performances (2015) | NFL Now
Top 3 Running Back Performances (2015) | NFL Now
Published: 2015/12/31
Channel: NFL
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
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4'5", 95-Pound Running Back is Incredible
Published: 2015/09/04
Channel: The Fumble
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™
ROOKIE RUNNING BACK THROWING DOTS! | Madden 18 Sin City Saints Ep. 3
ROOKIE RUNNING BACK THROWING DOTS! | Madden 18 Sin City Saints Ep. 3
Published: 2017/12/12
Channel: PerramCrowe
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
8 Best Running Back Qualities | Football Recruiting
8 Best Running Back Qualities | Football Recruiting
Published: 2014/09/02
Channel: Howcast
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: LaManna Highlights
Football Training Tips : How to Play Running Back
Football Training Tips : How to Play Running Back
Published: 2008/09/26
Channel: expertvillage
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Published: 2017/11/03
Channel: Sharpe Life
TGT- Running Back
TGT- Running Back
Published: 2013/08/31
Channel: Akeem Lawton
The 10 BIGGEST NFL Running Back Draft BUSTS EVER
The 10 BIGGEST NFL Running Back Draft BUSTS EVER
Published: 2017/04/29
Channel: TPS
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Let's Play: GTA V - Running Back
Published: 2015/12/14
Channel: LetsPlay
RUN 2 DAYLIGHT RUNNING BACK DRILLS JONES BOYS
RUN 2 DAYLIGHT RUNNING BACK DRILLS JONES BOYS
Published: 2015/04/10
Channel: Ayinde Bomani
14 Year Old Running Back Starting On Varsity!!! Wise Gordon Highlights [Reaction]
14 Year Old Running Back Starting On Varsity!!! Wise Gordon Highlights [Reaction]
Published: 2017/11/27
Channel: Sharpe Life
Jemele Hill Calls Out Staci Dash, For
Jemele Hill Calls Out Staci Dash, For 'Running Back To Black Audience'
Published: 2017/12/11
Channel: Your Black World
The Best Running Back in the Country || Saquon Barkley 2017 Regular Season Highlights ᴴᴰ
The Best Running Back in the Country || Saquon Barkley 2017 Regular Season Highlights ᴴᴰ
Published: 2017/11/27
Channel: Nittany Nation
4-foot-9 108-pound running back
4-foot-9 108-pound running back
Published: 2017/11/04
Channel: MaxPreps
How to make running back sharp cuts : Football Tips
How to make running back sharp cuts : Football Tips
Published: 2014/08/29
Channel: ProTips4U
Best College Running Back || Dalvin Cook Highlights || "Hell and Back"
Best College Running Back || Dalvin Cook Highlights || "Hell and Back"
Published: 2016/09/30
Channel: Sebastian Dillon
400 POUND RUNNING BACK IS A GLITCH! - Madden 18 Career Mode Ep.1
400 POUND RUNNING BACK IS A GLITCH! - Madden 18 Career Mode Ep.1
Published: 2017/08/28
Channel: iMAV3RIQ
The Shortest Running Back In The NFL!!!- Tarik Cohen College Highlights [Reaction]
The Shortest Running Back In The NFL!!!- Tarik Cohen College Highlights [Reaction]
Published: 2017/10/11
Channel: Sharpe Life
Patience of an NFL Running Back
Patience of an NFL Running Back
Published: 2016/10/26
Channel: CRIDEpro
URGENT - Running back
URGENT - Running back
Published: 2008/12/25
Channel: AORRADOR
Commissioned Running Back to You 1989
Commissioned Running Back to You 1989
Published: 2014/01/24
Channel: TheMaceoMontez
Philadelphia Eagles Running Back Review Week 9 2017
Philadelphia Eagles Running Back Review Week 9 2017
Published: 2017/11/09
Channel: TheTrueClassChannel
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
Mark Walton || Miami Highlights || Best Running Back in the ACC
Mark Walton || Miami Highlights || Best Running Back in the ACC
Published: 2017/10/26
Channel: Kos Sports
JMU running back plays the day his father died | College GameDay | ESPN
JMU running back plays the day his father died | College GameDay | ESPN
Published: 2017/10/14
Channel: ESPN
MUT 17 - 99 OVR MARSHAWN LYNCH! BEST RUNNING BACK IN THE GAME?  (Madden 17 Ultimate Team)
MUT 17 - 99 OVR MARSHAWN LYNCH! BEST RUNNING BACK IN THE GAME? (Madden 17 Ultimate Team)
Published: 2017/02/13
Channel: iMAV3RIQ
Treinos & Dicas #8 Drills para Running Back -Parte1
Treinos & Dicas #8 Drills para Running Back -Parte1
Published: 2015/05/21
Channel: TD Brasil
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
Which Running Back Would You Choose for 1 Play, 1 Game & 1 Season? | Move the Sticks | NFL
Which Running Back Would You Choose for 1 Play, 1 Game & 1 Season? | Move the Sticks | NFL
Published: 2015/12/09
Channel: NFL
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
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
BROWNS SWITCH WADE TO RUNNING BACK! Madden NFL 18 Player Career!
BROWNS SWITCH WADE TO RUNNING BACK! Madden NFL 18 Player Career!
Published: 2017/08/24
Channel: TDBarrett
Running Back Drills
Running Back Drills
Published: 2012/03/29
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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), a wingback 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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